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Important Notices!
*****  Administrative Law Division Move Effective October 1st, 2014  *****
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Instructions For Filing Alabama Sales Direct Pay Tax Returns
General Information For Filing Sales Tax Direct Pay Returns

The holder of a permit number under Sales and Use Tax Regulation A, or a modification thereof, has agreed to buy from Alabama vendors without payment to such vendors of any sales tax, and to pay such tax directly to the Alabama Department of Revenue ("ADOR"). Only the sales tax on purchases from Alabama vendors is to be reported on this return.  The Alabama use tax on purchases from out-of-state vendors must be reported on use tax forms. The return and remittance are due on or before the twentieth day of the month following the month covered by the return. Annual and quarterly returns are due on or before the 20th day of the month following the last month of the period covered by the return. NOTE: EFT payment information must be transmitted by 4:00 p.m. CST (Central Standard Time) on or before the due date, to be considered timely paid.

Returns filed after the due date are subject to a "failure to timely file" penalty equal to the greater of 10% of the tax required to be paid on the return or $50.00. Tax payments received after the due date are subject to a "failure to timely pay" penalty equal to 10% of the delinquent tax. If the tax is not timely paid, interest is also due at the same rate established by the Secretary of the Treasury under authority of 26 USC 6621.

Instructions For Filing Alabama Sales Tax Direct Pay Returns
Line 1 Column A

GROSS PURCHASES - COLUMN A (1.5% Farm/Mfg. tax rate): Use Line 1 Column A to report total gross purchases of machinery and replacement parts used in manufacturing, processing, compounding, quarrying, and mining of tangible personal property, and to report total gross purchases of machinery and replacement parts, both new and used, used in planting, cultivating, and harvesting farm products. Use Line 1 Column A to also report cost of property purchased at wholesale withdrawn from stock for use or consumption, and collections during the month on credit sales previously claimed as deductions on Line 2 Column A.

Line 1 Column B
GROSS PURCHASES - COLUMN B (2% Auto tax rate): Use Line 1 Column B to report total gross purchases of automotive vehicles, truck trailers, semi-trailers, and house trailers, both new and used. Use Line 1 Column B to also report cost of property purchased at wholesale withdrawn from stock for use or consumption, and collections during the month on credit sales previously claimed as deductions on Line 2 Column B.
Line 1 Column C
GROSS PURCHASES, ALL OTHER - COLUMN C (4% General tax rate): Use Line 1 Column C to report total gross purchases of all other tangible personal property not reported in Columns A or B. Use Line 1 Column C to also report cost of property purchased at wholesale withdrawn from stock for use or consumption, and collections during the month on credit purchases previously claimed as deductions on Line 2 Column C.
Line 2 Columns A, B, & C
TOTAL DEDUCTIONS - COLUMNS A, B, C & D: Enter total deductions in the appropriate columns. NOTE: Deductions for each column should not exceed gross sales, amusements and withdrawals reported in the corresponding column of Line 1. For each column, if deductions exceed gross sales, amusements and withdrawals, deductions will be adjusted to the amount reported on Line 1, reflecting the measure of tax on Line 3 as zero. Valid excess deductions can be claimed on subsequent returns, or you can file an amended return or petition for a refund. For more information on filing an amended return or petition for refund, please call the Alabama Department of Revenue at 334-242-1490.
Line 3 Columns A, B, & C
TOTAL AMOUNT REMAINING AS MEASURE OF TAX - COLUMNS A, B, & C: Total of deductions in the corresponding Column of Line 2 will be subtracted from total gross purchases and withdrawals in the corresponding Column of Line 1 to obtain the measure of tax.
Line 4 Columns A, B, & C
GROSS TAX - COLUMNS A, B, & C: Gross tax for each column will be calculated based on amount from Line 3 x tax rate shown at column heading.
Line 5
TOTAL AMOUNT OF TAX: Total of Columns A through C of Line 4 (Gross Tax).
Line 6
ESTIMATE PAID ON LAST MONTH'S RETURN: Estimated tax paid on previous month's return. If you are filing this return online for the first time, please enter the appropriate amount. For each subsequent return filed online, the online return will automatically enter on Line 6 the amount that you reported on Line 7 of the previous month's return. NOTE: If you are not required by the ADOR to pay sales tax on an estimated basis, Line 6 will state "N/A" and is not applicable to your return.
Line 7
ESTIMATE DUE FOR CURRENT MONTH: Enter estimated tax due for the current month. The estimate must equal the lesser of 2/3 of your actual liability for the same calendar month of the preceding year or 2/3 of the current month's estimated liability. The estimate cannot be less than zero. NOTE: If you are not required by the ADOR to pay sales tax on an estimated basis, Line 7 will state "N/A" and is not applicable to your return.
Line 8
TOTAL TAX DUE: For taxpayers required to pay sales tax on an estimated basis: Total tax due is the result of Line 5 (Total Amount of Tax) minus Line 6 (Estimate Paid on Last Month's Return), plus Line 7 (Estimate Due for Current Month). For taxpayers not required to pay sales tax on an estimated basis: Total tax due is the result of Line 5 (Total Amount of Tax).
Line 9
PENALTY AND INTEREST, IF DUE: Returns filed after the due date are subject to a "failure to timely file" penalty equal to the greater of 10% of the tax required to be paid on Line 10 of the return or $50.00. Tax payments received after the due date are subject to a "failure to timely pay" penalty equal to 10% of the delinquent tax. If the tax is not timely paid, interest is also due at the same rate established by the Secretary of the Treasury under authority of 26 USC 6621.  (Click here to determine current interest rates.) NOTE: If your return or payment is not timely filed or paid, you will be billed the appropriate penalties and interest by the ADOR.
Line 10
CREDIT CLAIMED: Use Line 10 to claim an amount of credit for a prior overpayment. The credit claimed will be applied to reduce the tax liability shown on the return. NOTE: Any credit for prior overpayment must be approved in advance by the ADOR. Credit claimed should not exceed the sum of Line 8 (Total Tax Due) plus Line 9 (Penalty & Interest). Valid excess credit can be claimed on subsequent returns.
Line 11
TOTAL AMOUNT DUE: The total amount due is the result of Line 8 (Total Tax Due) plus Line 9 (Penalty & Interest) minus Line 10 (Credit Claimed).