Tax Guidance for Contractors, Subcontractors and Alabama Governmental
Entities Regarding Construction-Related Contracts
The legislature has passed and the Governor has signed Act 2018-234, which broadens the definition of
governmental entities that qualify for the Sales and Use Tax Certificate of Exemption for government
entity project contracts entered into beginning January 1, 2019, and thereafter.
Qualifying projects and contracts are now defined as those generally entered into with the following
governmental entities, unless otherwise noted: the State of Alabama, a county or incorporated municipality
of Alabama, an Alabama public school, an Alabama industrial or economic development board or
authority, or any Alabama public water or sewer authority, district, system, or board that otherwise is
already exempt from sales and use taxes. Please note that contracts entered into with the federal
government and contracts pertaining to highway, road, or bridge construction or repair do not qualify for
the exemption provided for in Act 2018-234.
In the past, applications for government entity projects with any Alabama public water or sewer authority,
district, system or board that was sales and use tax exempt were denied because they were not eligible for
the government Contractors Exemption Certificate as a government entity under Act 2013-205. With the
passage of Act 2018-234, starting January 1, 2019, and thereafter, construction-related contracts with any
Alabama public water or sewer authority, district, system or board that is sales and use tax exempt, will
now be eligible for the government Contractors Exemption Certificate.
If you should have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the Sales and Use Tax Division
by telephone at (334) 242-1490, by email at STExemptionUnit@revenue.alabama.gov, or by mail at
Sales and Use Tax Division, Exemption Unit, P.O. Box 327710, Montgomery, AL 36132-7710.
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