sales tax

Three city council members who voted against new tax increase measures in Florence say they want to examine the city’s spending before considering any higher taxes.

A plan to increase the sales tax in Florence by one penny and to increase lodging taxes by 3 percent failed last week on a 3 to 3 vote. Florence Mayor Steve Holt tells the Florence Times-Daily he thought the plan, which would have increased city revenue by nearly $10 million a year, was going to pass.

Online Sales Tax Relief Program in Alabama

Sep 25, 2017

Alabama is one of several states taking part in a program offering relief for online sales tax collection.

The Multistate Tax Commission has a sales tax amnesty program going on in nineteen states, including Alabama.  The program allows online sellers to come forward and register their sales or use tax without penalties.  This includes large online retailers like Amazon and smaller third-party accounts.

A Pelham man was convicted Friday on charges dating back to last November for openly carrying a loaded gun to a polling site during the 2014 general election.

59 year old Robert Kennedy, Jr. was convicted on misdemeanor charges of voting obstruction and unlawful possession of a firearm. Kennedy is a founding member of BamaCarry, an advocacy group defending gun rights in the state.

The Alabama Revenue Department has devised a way for online sellers to charge and pay state sales taxes, if they want.

The agency is starting a voluntary program that allows Internet-based sellers to collect and report an 8 percent tax on all sales made to buyers in Alabama.

As an incentive, the state is letting the online businesses keep 2 percent of the tax revenue they collect properly.

Police are currently searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a student at the University of Alabama.

Authorities say the attack happened early yesterday morning. A student was walking along the Strip when she was approached by a white male in his early 20’s driving a white truck. The man said he was part of a church organization offering sober rides to those in need.