Alabama takes next step toward joining Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement

According to this Birmingham News article, Alabama is taking the next step toward becoming a member of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement:

A group created to streamline Alabama’s sales and use tax reporting system for retailers approved a preliminary report Monday, a step toward crafting legislation for lawmakers to consider next year.

The Alabama Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission made two recommendations for simplifying Alabama’s sales tax laws, including reducing the paperwork store owners must complete in order to remit sales tax.

Should next year’s expected legislation pass, it will make life easier for Alabama shopkeepers and help prevent budget cuts to state services:

Ely said the proposed legislation, if it’s approved by lawmakers in their 2012 session, represents a win for both retailers and governments because it would make life easier for retailers while raising revenue for governments without raising taxes.

“These poor folks are not only covered up in red tape, but they’re also covered up with auditors,” Ely said.

Sounds like a win-win to us!

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