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Consumers Use Tax

Consumers use tax is imposed on tangible personal property brought into Alabama for storage, use, or consumption in the state when the seller did not collect seller’s use tax on the sale of the property.

The tax rates due are the same rates as for sales tax. The tax is due monthly, with returns and remittances to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchase was made. However, a taxpayer may elect to file and pay state use tax quarterly when the total state use tax for which the taxpayer is liable averages less than $200 per month during the preceding calendar year. The election to file and pay quarterly shall be made in writing to the ADOR no later than February 20 of each year. Also, if a taxpayer’s total state use tax liability during the preceding calendar year is $10 or less, the taxpayer may file state use tax on a calendar year basis. No discounts apply for timely filing. The tax rates due are the same rates as for State sales tax. There may also be city and/or county consumers use tax due; these rates vary.

Note: If paying via EFT, the EFT payment information must be transmitted by 4:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on or before the due date, to be considered timely paid.

Many cities and counties have use tax requirements patterned after the State law. Purchases from in-state vendors located outside these cities and counties for use within could be subject to their use tax. These rates vary. If a local city or county sales/use tax is paid under a requirement of law, no other additional local tax is due for the subsequent use in another city or county. The local consumers use tax is due monthly, with returns and remittances to be filed on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which the purchase was made. However, a taxpayer may elect to file and pay state-administered local use tax quarterly when the total state sales tax for which the taxpayer is liable averages less than $200 per month during the preceding calendar year and the total state use tax for which the taxpayer is liable averages less than $200 per month during the preceding calendar year. The election to file and pay quarterly shall be made in writing to the ADOR no later than February 20 of each year. Also, if a taxpayer’s total state sales tax liability during the preceding calendar year is $10 or less, the taxpayer may file local use tax on a calendar year basis. No discounts apply for timely filing.

Note: If paying via EFT, the EFT payment information must be transmitted by 4:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on or before the due date, to be considered timely paid.