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

November 30, 2011

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!

Governor Bentley: Alabama to go Streamlined!

January 21, 2011

A great article by Bruce P. Ely reveals that although Alabama’s new governor insists that he will “absolutely not” raise taxes, he does consider it important to ensure that already-due taxes are collected.

The article goes on to describe how the governor’s staff is considering joining the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement.

The Agreement eases the costs and administrative burdens on retailers that collect sales taxes, and encourages “remote sellers” selling over the Internet and by mail order to collect tax on sales to customers living in Streamlined member states. With its fragmented local sales/use tax system, Alabama is truly the poster-child for SST.

We are very excited to introduce Governor Bentley and his staff to TaxCloud!