(a) As used in this section, the following words and terms shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
(1) DEPARTMENT. The Department of Revenue for the State of Alabama.
(2) PREPAID RETAIL TRANSACTION. The purchase of prepaid wireless telecommunications service from a seller for any purpose other than resale.
(3) PREPAID WIRELESS CONSUMER. A person who purchases prepaid wireless telecommunications service in a retail transaction.
(4) PREPAID WIRELESS TELEPHONE SERVICE. A service that meets all of the following requirements:
a. Authorizes the purchase of CMRS, either exclusively or in conjunction with other services.
b. Must be paid for in advance.
c. Is sold in units or dollars whose number or dollar value declines with use and is known on a continuous basis.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the current CMRS emergency telephone service charge established under subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of Section 11-98-7 and, upon its implementation, the replacement, statewide 911 charge to be established under subsection (a) of Section 11-98-5 shall be collected on prepaid wireless telephone service on each retail transaction as follows:
(1) The prepaid wireless statewide 911 charge shall be collected on prepaid wireless by the seller from the prepaid wireless consumer with respect to each retail transaction occurring in this state. The amount of the prepaid wireless 911 charge shall be either separately stated on an invoice, receipt, or other similar document that is provided to the prepaid wireless consumer by the seller, or otherwise disclosed to the prepaid wireless consumer. If a minimal amount of prepaid wireless telephone service is sold for a single, non-itemized price as part of the purchase of a wireless communications device, the seller may elect not to apply the prepaid communications charge to the initial transaction. For these purposes, a service allotment denominated as 10 minutes or less, or five dollars ($5) or less, is a minimal amount. If the seller elects to collect such charge, it shall be treated as all other prepaid communications charges under this chapter.
(2) For purposes of subdivision (1), a retail transaction that is effected in person by a prepaid wireless consumer at a business location of the seller shall be treated as occurring in this state if that business location is in this state, and any other retail transaction shall be treated as occurring in this state if the retail transaction is treated as occurring in this state for purposes of Chapter 23 of Title 40.
(3) The prepaid wireless 911 charge is the liability of the prepaid wireless consumer and not of the seller or of any provider, except that the seller shall be liable to remit all prepaid wireless 911 charges that the seller collects from prepaid wireless consumers as provided in subdivisions (6) and (7) of this subsection, including all charges that the seller is deemed to collect where the amount of the charge has not been separately stated on an invoice, receipt, or other similar document provided to the prepaid wireless consumer by the seller.
(4) The amount of the prepaid wireless 911 charge that is collected by a seller from a prepaid wireless consumer, if the amount is separately stated on an invoice, receipt, or other similar document provided to the prepaid wireless consumer by the seller, shall not be included in the base for measuring any tax, fee, surcharge, or other charge that is imposed by this state, any political subdivision of this state, or any intergovernmental agency.
(5) The prepaid wireless 911 charge shall be increased or decreased, as applicable, upon any change to the rate specified in subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of Section 11-98-7 or, upon its implementation, the statewide 911 charge. The increase or decrease shall be effective on the effective date of the change to the postpaid charge or, if later, the first day of the first calendar month to occur at least 60 days after the enactment of the change to the rate specified in subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of Section 11-98-7 or, upon its implementation, the statewide 911 charge. The department shall provide not less than 30 days of advance notice of the increase or decrease on the department's website.
(6) Prepaid wireless 911 charges collected by sellers shall be remitted to the department at the times and in the manner provided by Chapter 23 of Title 40. The department shall establish registration and payment procedures that substantially coincide with the registration and payment procedures that apply to Chapter 23, Title 40.
(7) A seller shall be permitted to deduct and retain four percent of prepaid wireless 911 charges that are collected by the seller from prepaid wireless consumers.
(8) The audit and appeal procedures applicable to Chapter 23 of Title 40 shall apply to prepaid wireless 911 charges.
(9) The department shall establish procedures by which a seller of prepaid wireless telecommunications service may document that a sale is not a retail transaction, which procedures shall substantially coincide with the procedures for documenting sales for resale transactions for sales and use tax purposes under Chapter 23 of Title 40.
(10) The department shall pay all remitted prepaid wireless 911 charges over to the Commercial Mobile Radio Services Board and, upon the effective date of the statewide 911 charge, to the statewide 911 Board, within 30 days of receipt, for use by the board in accordance with the purposes permitted by this chapter, after deducting an amount, not to exceed two percent of collected charges, that shall be retained by the department to reimburse its direct costs of administering the collection and remittance of prepaid wireless 911 charges.
(c) The enactment of this section does not constitute an expression as to the application of the CMRS service charge to prepaid service before the adoption of Act 2012-293.