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Sellers Use Tax

Sellers use tax is imposed on the retail sale of tangible personal property sold in Alabama by businesses located outside of Alabama which have no inventory located in Alabama, but are making retail sales in Alabama via sales offices, agents, or by any significant recurring contact or “nexus” with Alabama. The tax is due monthly, with returns and remittances to be filed on or before the 20th of the month for the previous month’s sales. However, pursuant to Section 40-23-7, Code of Alabama 1975, you may request quarterly filing status if you have a tax liability of less than $2,400 for the preceding calendar year.  You may request bi-annual filing if you have a tax liability of less than $1,200 for the preceding calendar year.  You may also request bi-annual filing if you make sales during no more than two thirty consecutive day periods during the preceding calendar year.  You may request annual filing status if the tax liability for the entire preceding calendar year is less than $600.  You may also request annual filing if you make sales during no more than one thirty consecutive day period during the preceding calendar year.  Changes to the filing status can only be requested each year before February 20th in order to file quarterly, bi-annually or annually for that calendar year.  No discounts apply for timely filing. The tax rates due are the same rates as for State sales tax. There may also be city and/or county sellers use tax due; these rates vary. 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 paidLearn more 

Related FAQs in ONE SPOT, 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.