171026-1:n:07/30/2015:LFO-RR*/bdl




SB25
By Senator Pittman
RFD Finance and Taxation Education
Rd 1 03-AUG-15


SYNOPSIS:This bill would require wholesalers of grocery items, including tobacco products, and licensed beer distributors, making sales within Alabama, on which sales or use tax was not collected at the time of the sale, to provide information reports with the Department of Revenue regarding those exempt transactions.

A BILL
TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT

To require sellers of grocery items and distributors of beer to file information reports on sales made within Alabama in which sales or use tax was not collected; to provide penalties for noncompliance; to require the Department of Revenue to promulgate rules; and to provide effective dates.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:

Section 1. (a) For the purpose of enforcing the collection of taxes levied by Chapter 23 of Title 40 on the sale of tangible personal property, every wholesaler of grocery items and every beer distributor, making above a specified amount of sales within Alabama on which sales or use tax was not collected at the time of the sale, shall file reports with sales and use tax returns.

(b) For the purpose of this act, the following terms shall have the respective meanings ascribed by this section:

(1) LICENSED BEER DISTRIBUTOR. A distributor, as licensed by the Alabama Beverage Control Board, selling or distributing beer in this state.

(2) PERSONS OR COMPANY. Used interchangeably, includes any individual, firm, copartnership, association, corporation, receiver, trustee, or any other group or combination acting as a unit and the plural as well as the singular number, unless the intention to give a more limited meaning is disclosed by the context.

(3) RETAILER. A person or company engaged in the business of making sales of tangible personal property at retail and who holds a license pursuant to Section 40-23-6 or 40-23-66.

(4) SELLER. A manufacturer, wholesaler, or distributor of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or grocery items who sells to a retailer in this state.

(c) Each seller selling or distributing beer, tobacco, or grocery items for which sales or use tax was not paid at the time of the sale, shall file a report of its activity in accordance with this section.

(1) Each licensed beer distributor shall report sales to all licensees for which an exemption from sales or use tax was claimed at the time of the sale, to the Department of Revenue.

(2) Each seller of groceries and grocery products, including tobacco products, selling or distributing to a retailer in this state, in which at least seventy-five percent (75%) of total monthly sales or in which $5,000,000 or more in monthly sales, regardless of the percentage, are sold to retailers, and for which an exemption from sales or use tax was claimed at the time of the sale, shall report such sales to the Department of Revenue within the period prescribed in subsection (d).

(d) The information report must be filed in a manner as prescribed by the department.

(1) The information provided in the report from each seller or distributor described in subsection (c) (1) or (c) (2), shall include the sellerís legal name, sellerís address, sellerís beverage license number, if applicable, retailerís name, retailerís address, total amount sold for the reporting period as specified in subsection (d), applicable resale number provided by the retailer, and other information as prescribed by the department.

(2) The report shall be due on or before the 20th date of the month next succeeding the month in which the sale occurs, unless otherwise provided for in subsection (d).

(3) When the total non-taxed sales average more than six thousand dollars ($6,000) per month but less than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) per month during the preceding calendar year, a quarterly report in lieu of a monthly report shall be made, and shall be due on or before the 20th day of the month next succeeding the end of the quarter for which the report is due.

(4) When the average non-taxed sales is six thousand dollars ($6,000) per month or less for the preceding calendar year, an annual report in lieu of a monthly or quarterly report may be made upon approval by the department, and shall be due on or before the 20th day of the year next succeeding the end of the year for which the report is due.

(e) If a seller or distributor fails to file the required report with the department on or before the prescribed date, a penalty of one-thousand dollars ($1,000) per reporting period may be assessed. This penalty may also be assessed on any return on which the seller has not entered the appropriate amount on the deductions line.

Section 2. The Department of Revenue may adopt rules to administer and implement this act.

Section 3. Any laws in conflict with this act are repealed to the extent that they conflict with the language herein.

Section 4. This act shall become effective October 1, 2016, following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.