UPDATE: May 3, 2012, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley signed Senate Bill 459 into law.
Alabama Senate Bill 459 / House Bill 597 empowers the state of Alabama to create “…a streamlined, statewide electronic filing and remittance system for sales, use, lease and rental taxes in Alabama.”
Commonly called the “Optional Network Election for Single Point Online Transactions” or ONE SPOT, the system will allow businesses in Alabama to file electronically for state, city and county taxes using:
- “ONE return and
- ONE payment in
- ONE place.”
According to bill sponsor Senator Slade Blackwell, the Streamline Government initiative found that “…a major factor in what kept businesses in Alabama from growing was the bureaucratic red tape required on businesses in the state prior to this legislation.” ONE SPOT’s implementation should reduce much of that overhead.
The bill provides for assisting local jurisdictions in bringing their systems into compliance to have the ability to interface with ONE SPOT.
No taxpayers will be required to use the online system. However, it has been found that when “…a business must file different tax returns for every county, city or municipality in which they do business…[i]n some cases, businesses must file up to 150 different returns and write up to 150 checks to as many as 150 different entities every month, causing an administrative nightmare. This is not fair to businesses and does not encourage economic growth.”
The bill is in final approvals with the Senate and once approved, will go to the Governor for signature. “The governor has said he supports the bill and is expected to sign it into law if it makes it to his desk.”