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Drycleaning Trust Fund Fee

The Drycleaning Trust Fund Fee is a self-insurance program which benefit the drycleaning industry to cover the costs of investigating, assessing, and remediating dry cleaning contamination. This program is jointly administered by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (“ADEM”) and the Alabama Drycleaning Environmental Response Trust Fund Board (“the Board”). The fee is against each owner or operator of a drycleaning facility located in the State of Alabama who voluntarily notifies the program administrators that it elects to contribute to the Alabama Drycleaning Environmental Response Trust Fund. The authority for collecting the drycleaning trust fund fee is found in Sections 22-30D-1 through 22-30D-12, Code of Alabama 1975.

The applicable fees are as follows:

  • Owner/Operator of an Existing Drycleaning Facility Electing to be Covered (22-30D-6(a)) – 2% of the gross receipts earned in Alabama during the prior calendar year, not to exceed $25,000 per year.
  • New Owner/Operator Acquiring an Existing Drycleaning Facility after 5/24/00 Electing to be Covered (22-30D-6(b)) – 2% of the gross receipts earned in Alabama by the prior owner/operator during the prior calendar year less the amount paid by prior owner/operator, not to exceed $25,000.
  • New Owner/Operator Establishing a New Drycleaning Facility after 5/24/00 Electing to be Covered (22-30D-6(c)) – One-time registration fee of $5,000 for the first year of operation; for the second year of operation, the greater of $5,000 or 2% of the gross receipts earned for prior calendar year, not to exceed $25,000. For each year thereafter, see “Owner/Operator of an Existing Drycleaning Facility” above.
  • Wholesale Distributors of Drycleaning Agents (22-30D-6(d)) – $5,000 per year
  • Owner of Abandoned Drycleaning Facility or Impacted Third Party (22-30D-6(m)) $5,000 per year per site

The registration fee shall be paid quarterly by each owner or operator to the Department of Revenue through the My Alabama Taxes (MAT) filing system: one-fourth (1/4) on April 1, one-fourth (1/4) on July 1, one-fourth (1/4) on October 1, and one-fourth (1/4) on January 1, and shall become delinquent on the 20th day of each said month. The registration fee shall be paid annually by each wholesale distributor to the Department of Revenue on April 1 and shall become delinquent on the 20th day of April. No discounts apply for timely payment. Note: If paying via EFT, the EFT payment information must be transmitted by 4:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on or before the due date, to be considered timely paid. 

Related FAQs in Taxes Administered

The ONE SPOT system will allow returns to be filed with ACH Debit and ACH Credit method payments only. The system will not allow an ACH Debit taxpayer to complete their return filing without completing the necessary information to authorize the ACH Debit payment. The ACH Credit payment is separate from the ONE SPOT system and must be initiated by the taxpayer through their banking institution. Returns successfully submitted for ACH Debit and ACH Credit taxpayers will be exported to the local government.

Upon the completion of the Third Party Designation Form, ALDOR can provide the returns, payments and payment data files to the authorized third party administrator.

When an electronic payment is received by ALDOR in error, the payment will post to the taxpayer’s ALDOR local tax account. ALDOR will not be able to automatically transfer these payments to the non-administered local government due to the possibility the taxpayer’s payment will reject after ALDOR has transferred the payment, causing complicated collection issues. ALDOR will need the taxpayer to advise the Department with what to do with that payment.

The only non-administered local government taxes to be processed through ALDOR will be payments received as the result of legal action, such as final assessment, garnishments, and liens, entered into when the local government was state administered. Payment data for these payments will be available during the first week (5-10 working days) of the month following the tax collection period through the ALDOR website.

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