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What is an initial return? When is it due?

An initial business privilege tax return is the first return due after the taxpayer comes into existence or begins doing business in Alabama. The initial business privilege tax return is due two- and one-half months after the taxpayer is incorporated or organized (if an Alabama taxpayer), or two-and one-half months after the taxpayer qualifies with the Alabama Secretary of State to do business in Alabama (if incorporated or organized in another state or country). Section 40-14A-29, Code of Alabama 1975. For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2008, the Form BPT-IN is used to file an initial business privilege tax return. For years prior to January 1, 2008, the Alabama Schedule BPT-IN, Alabama Business Privilege Tax Initial Privilege Tax Computation Schedule is used to file an initial business privilege tax. See the instructions for more information.

An initial business privilege tax return is the first return due after the taxpayer comes into existence or begins doing business in Alabama. The initial business privilege tax return is due two- and one-half months after the taxpayer is incorporated or organized (if an Alabama taxpayer), or two-and one-half months after the taxpayer qualifies with the Alabama Secretary of State to do business in Alabama (if incorporated or organized in another state or country). Section 40-14A-29, Code of Alabama 1975. For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2008, the Form BPT-IN is used to file an initial business privilege tax return. For years prior to January 1, 2008, the Alabama Schedule BPT-IN, Alabama Business Privilege Tax Initial Privilege Tax Computation Schedule is used to file an initial business privilege tax. See the instructions for more information.

Related FAQs in Business Privilege Tax

Forms and information needed can be accessed through one of the following websites provided by the Office of the Secretary of State or Atlas Alabama.

https://www.sos.alabama.gov/ Main page for Office of the Secretary of State

https://www.sos.alabama.gov/business-entities Business Entities main page

https://www.sos.alabama.gov/business-entities/business-downloads Business downloads/ forms

https://atlasalabama.gov/ – Atlas Alabama

All fees associated with the Office of Secretary of State business entities can be found at the following website:

Business Entity Fees

https://www.sos.alabama.gov/sites/default/files/2020-12/2021FeeSchedule.pdf

The steps for withdrawals and dissolutions are outline below:

Dissolutions- Domestic entity

Complete Articles of Dissolutions Form based on the entity type.
https://www.alabamainteractive.org/sos/welcome.action
Follow the instructions on the form pertaining to the type of entity you are dissolving.
DOMESTIC BUSINESS CORPORATION ARTICLES OF DISSOLUTION
https://www.sos.alabama.gov/sites/default/files/2020-12/DomesticBusinessCorporationDissolution.pdf

DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (LLC) ARTICLES OF DISSOLUTION
https://www.sos.alabama.gov/sites/default/files/2020-12/DomesticLLCDissolution.pdf

DOMESTIC LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (LP) STATEMENT OF DISSOLUTION
https://www.sos.alabama.gov/sites/default/files/2020-12/DomesticLPDissolution.pdf
Withdrawals- Foreign entity

Complete a Request for Certificate of Compliance from ADOR. https://www.alabamainteractive.org/ador_tax_compliance/welcome.action
Provide any missing returns and payments as determined by ADOR staff, if found not to be in compliance to ADOR.
Receive Certificate of Compliance from ADOR.
Complete Certificate of Withdrawal Form https://www.alabamainteractive.org/sos/welcome.action
Submit two (2) signed completed Certificate of Withdrawals with Certificate of Compliance (from ADOR) and filing fee to Secretary of State’s address on the form.
Certificate of Compliance cannot be more than 6 months old to be accepted by SOS.

Office of the Judge of Probate- County Offices contact link page- https://www.sos.alabama.gov/city-county-lookup/probate-judges

If you have received a business privilege tax delinquency notice from the Alabama Department of Revenue, and you have not filed the required return or made the required payment please do so at this time in order to avoid any further interest and penalties. BPT returns can be filed in MAT (My Alabama Taxes). See “How do I register for MAT?” if you do not have a MAT account. Paper forms can be obtained by clicking on the ADOR Form page. See “How do I find Business Privilege Tax forms on the website?” for step by step instructions of obtaining forms. If you are uncertain if a return was required or filed, please forward a copy of the delinquency notice to your tax professional.

If you believe you received the delinquency notice in error and have filed the required return, please provide a copy of the return and proof of payment after consulting with your tax professional. Attach copies of the return and proof of payment to a copy of the business privilege tax delinquency notice and email to businessprivilege.tax@revenue.alabama.gov or mail the response to:

Alabama Department of Revenue
Income Tax Administration
Business Privilege Tax Section – Delinquency Notice Response
PO Box 327900
Montgomery, AL 36132-7900

Taxpayers must receive an (Online Filing Info) letter to sign up for MAT. Normally after they have registered their business with the Secretary of State, taxpayers will receive their letter within 4-6 weeks from the Alabama Department of Revenue. Once this letter is received, taxpayers need to visit our website https://myalabamataxes.alabama.gov/_/#1. In the left side of the screen you will see username, password, and logon. Beneath that you will see forgot password, forgot username, DON’T HAVE A LOG ON? REGISTER HERE. Taxpayers should click register here. Select: Business Privilege Tax. Then the taxpayer will need to provide the Account number, Sign On ID, and Access Code. This information is located on the (Online Filing Info) letter.