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Mobile Telecommunication Services Tax

The mobile telecommunication services tax is a privilege/license tax levied against every home service provider doing business in the State of Alabama on the account of furnishing mobile telecommunication services to a customer with a place of primary use in the State of Alabama by said home provider The authority for collecting the mobile telecommunication services tax is found in Section 40-21-120 through 40-21-126, Code of Alabama 1975.

Section 40-21-121, Code of Alabama 1975, provided these services are mobile services that (i) are provided for profit, (ii) are an interconnected service, and (iii) are available to the public:

  • Cellular telecommunications service
  • Personal communications service
  • Specialized mobile radio service
  • Mobile service that is the functional equivalent of a commercial mobile radio service
  • One-way and two-way radio communications service
  • Paging/beeper services

The rate of tax for furnishing mobile telecommunication services is 6% of all gross sales or gross receipts.

The mobile telecommunication services tax is due monthly, with returns and remittances to be filed through the My Alabama Taxes (MAT) filing system on or before the 20th day of the month for the previous month’s sales. 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. The mobile telecommunication service provider is entitled to a collection fee in consideration of the costs incurred by the mobile telecommunication services provider in collecting and remitting the tax levied in Section 40-21-121 Code of Alabama 1975; the amount deducted and retained by such provider shall be one-fourth of one percent of the gross amount of such tax billed.

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.