sales tax

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Alabama House approves bill that would reduce state tax on food

BY: - May 26, 2023

The Alabama House Thursday approved a bill that could cut the state grocery tax in half over the next few years. HB 479, sponsored by the House Ways and Means Education chair Danny Garrett, R-Trussville, passed 103-0. It goes to the Senate. The legislation would reduce the state tax rate on food covered by the […]

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Report: Alabama’s Internet sales taxes benefitting rural counties, costing cities

BY: - May 22, 2023

Alabama’s Internet sales taxes have created winners and losers, according to a report released Monday from the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA). The report said that the state’s 8% tax on online goods, or the Simplified Sellers Use Tax (SSUT), has benefitted rural counties with little commercial activity, but reduced revenues to communities […]

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New Alabama grocery tax reduction bill would cut state rate to 2%

BY: - April 27, 2023

A new bill to reduce the state’s grocery tax on food has the support of all 35 members of the Alabama Senate, a potentially crucial development to getting it passed. SB 257, sponsored by Sen. Andrew Jones, R-Centre, would lower the 4% state sales tax on food under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to […]

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Grocery sales tax reduction bills filed in Alabama Legislature

BY: - April 6, 2023

The chair of the House’s education budget committee Wednesday filed legislation to reduce the state grocery tax – but on certain items, and only under certain conditions. HB250, sponsored by Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville, could phase out the 4% state sales tax on food covered by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and […]

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If it’s tax cuts you want, start with groceries

BY: - February 27, 2023

Let’s start this discussion of state tax policy with everyone’s favorite luxury food: eggs. In Alabama, according to, the average price of the hen’s product went up 74% last year. Last week, a Montgomery supermarket sold a dozen white eggs for $5.26, about 44 cents per egg. But when you buy that dozen, you […]

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Alabama grocery tax repeal efforts draw liberal and conservative groups

BY: - February 21, 2023

In an age of polarization, there’s one thing that can unite liberals and conservatives. And that’s getting rid of Alabama’s tax on groceries. The left-leaning Alabama Arise and the right-leaning Alabama Policy Institute (API) will both lobby legislators in the upcoming session to reduce or repeal the tax, which, with local sales taxes included, can […]