(1) LEGISLATIVE INTENT.
a. The legislative intent of this chapter is to provide equitable and uniform procedures for the operation of the department and for all taxpayers when dealing with the department. This chapter is intended as a minimum procedural code and the department may grant or adopt additional procedures not inconsistent with this chapter. This chapter shall be liberally construed to allow substantial justice.
b. The provisions of this chapter shall be complementary and in addition to all other provisions of law. In the event of any conflict between the provisions of this chapter and those of any other specific statutory provisions contained in other chapters of this title, or of any other title, it is hereby declared to be the legislative intent that, to the extent such other specific provisions are inconsistent with or different from the provisions of this chapter, the provisions of this chapter shall prevail.
(2) SCOPE. The provisions contained herein shall govern all matters administered by the department except as otherwise provided by law or by agreement entered into pursuant to lawful authority. However, nothing herein shall be construed to apply to the assessment of ad valorem taxes on real or personal property which is administered by the various counties of the State of Alabama, except that the determination and assessment of value of property of public utilities under Chapter 21 of this title, and the determination and assessment of value of corporate shares of stock under Article 4 of Chapter 14 of this title shall be governed by the procedures set forth in this chapter.
(3) PROCEDURES EXCLUSIVE. The department shall not be subject to the declaratory judgment, declaratory ruling, or contested case provisions of the Alabama Administrative Procedure Act, Chapter 22 of Title 41.