The mayors of Alabama’s five largest cities and the state’s influential county commission association are again headed for a showdown over online retail taxes. The arena will be the chambers of the 2019 Legislature.
The key issue is dueling interpretations of the state’s 8 percent flat tax on online sales: the Simplified Sellers Use Tax – SSUT, for short.
The SSUT program is exploded in importance to the state Treasury. Two years ago, 166 retailers were participating, voluntarily collecting the 8 percent tax from customers. Now, more than 1,300 retailers are signed on.
And the revenues pile higher: The collections hit $80.2 million in fiscal 2018, up from $52.4 million a year earlier. The state’s fiscal year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30.
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by John Sharp
April 19, 2019