Section 11-51-211

Quarterly sales and use tax returns.

(a)(1) With respect to those municipalities and counties for which the department serves as the collecting sales tax agent from time to time, when the total state sales tax for which any person is liable under Chapter 23 of Title 40 averages less than two hundred dollars ($200) per month during the preceding calendar year, a quarterly sales tax return and remittance in lieu of monthly returns may be made to the department. If a quarterly filing election has been made by the taxpayer, then the return and remittance shall be made to the department on or before the 20th day of the month next succeeding the end of the quarter for which the tax is due. The election to file quarterly shall be made in writing no later than February 20 of each year and shall be filed with the department. Notwithstanding the above, no state-administered county or municipal sales tax return shall be due until January 20 of each year unless the total state sales tax for which any person is liable during the preceding calendar year exceeds ten dollars ($10). The department is hereby authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this subdivision.

(2) With respect to those municipalities and counties for which the department serves as the collecting use tax agent from time to time, when (i) the total state sales tax for which any person is liable under Chapter 23 of Title 40 averages less than two hundred dollars ($200) per month during the preceding calendar year and (ii) the total state use tax for which that person is liable under Chapter 23 of Title 40 averages less than two hundred dollars ($200) per month during the preceding calendar year, a quarterly use tax return and remittance in lieu of monthly returns may be made to the department. If a quarterly filing election has been made by the taxpayer, then the return and remittance shall be made to the department on or before the 20th day of the month next succeeding the end of the quarter for which the tax is due. The election to file quarterly shall be made in writing no later than February 20 of each year and shall be filed with the department. Notwithstanding the above, no state-administered county or municipal use tax return shall be due until January 20 of each year unless the total state sales tax for which any person is liable during the preceding calendar year exceeds ten dollars ($10). The department is hereby authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this subdivision.

(b)(1) With respect to self-administered counties and municipalities, as defined in Section 40-2A-3(20), when the total state sales tax for which any person is liable under Chapter 23 of Title 40 averages less than two hundred dollars ($200) per month during the preceding calendar year, a quarterly sales tax return and remittance in lieu of monthly returns may be made to each appropriate self-administered county or municipality. If a quarterly filing election has been made by the taxpayer, then the returns and remittance shall be made to each appropriate self-administered county or municipality on or before the 20th day of the month next succeeding the end of the quarter for which the tax is due. The election to file quarterly shall be made in writing no later than February 20 of each year and shall be filed with each appropriate self-administered county or municipality. Notwithstanding the above, no sales tax return shall be due to a self-administered county or municipality until January 20 of each year unless the total state sales tax for which any person is liable under Chapter 23 of Title 40 during the preceding calendar year exceeds ten dollars ($10). A self-administered county or municipality is hereby authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this subdivision. Further, any self-administered county or municipality may, in its discretion, permit a taxpayer to file its sales tax returns on a basis less frequently than quarterly.

(2) With respect to self-administered counties and municipalities, when the total state sales tax for which any business or person domiciled in Alabama is liable under Chapter 23 of Title 40, averages less than two hundred dollars ($200) per month during the preceding calendar year, a quarterly use tax return and remittance in lieu of monthly returns may be made to each appropriate self-administered county or municipality. If a quarterly filing election has been made by the taxpayer, then the return and remittance shall be made to the appropriate self-administered county or municipality on or before the 20th day of the month next succeeding the end of the quarter for which the tax is due. The election to file quarterly shall be made in writing no later than February 20 of each year and shall be filed with each appropriate self-administered county or municipality. Notwithstanding the above, no use tax return shall be due to a self-administered county or municipality until January 20 of each year unless the total state sales tax for which any person is liable under Chapter 23 of Title 40 during the preceding calendar year exceeds ten dollars ($10). A self-administered county or municipality is hereby authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this subdivision. Further, any self-administered county or municipality may, in its discretion, permit a taxpayer to file its use tax returns on a basis less frequently than quarterly.

(Act 98-192, p. 310, §8.)