Retail Report: Proposals concerning local taxes dominate debate in session’s 4th week

Separate bills debated this week would either slow down or facilitate local taxes. Legislation that would require cities to go through the Alabama Legislature to enact future occupational taxes is on its way to the governor, while another bill that could eventually allow a single county to tax certain products is ready for debate in the Alabama House.

The Alabama Retail Association opposes a Baldwin County local constitutional amendment to levy up to a 10% tax on vape, hemp and CBD products as burdensome for retailers. Your association has been monitoring the slow down for occupational taxes throughout the session and will continue to keep you informed as it progresses.

Alabama Retail Association will notify you as these and other issues of interest to retailers arise. Keep reading for these and this week’s other top stories.

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Senate gives final OK to rerouting new city occupational taxes through the Legislature; Heads to governor for her signature (

Private auditors could no longer charge taxpayers for the cost of a tax audit in bill ready for final debate  (

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House to consider allowing pet dogs in outdoor dining areas; plus other restaurant-related legislation (

House OKs $100 increase in fireworks permit fee; committees carryover year-round sales of small fireworks (

Panel to consider drive-thru alcohol bill; House OKs Faunsdale Sunday sales; Entertainment districts for Orange Beach and Gulf Shores near final OK (

Feds cancel plan to bring coronavirus patients to Anniston following pushback from local officials (

State Health Officer: Alabama in ‘prevention stance’ on coronavirus (

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