In Revenue Ruling 2021-001, the Alabama Department of Revenue ruled that IT services provided by a foreign company with no physical presence in Alabama are not subject to sales tax. The foreign company provided an information technology system remotely to an Alabama production plant. Although the company provided these services remotely, it would also

The Alabama Department of Revenue issued a notice on July 26, 2021, providing guidance regarding tax compliance requirements for marketplace facilitators operating in the state. Marketplace facilitators provide a platform through which marketplace sellers make sales. A marketplace facilitator that facilitates retail sales of $250,000 or more into Alabama through its platform must register with

Alabama considers the sale of prepaid telephone calling cards and the sale of prepaid authorization numbers not evidenced by a physical card, to be the sale of tangible personal property subject to sales tax. Specifically, Alabama statute considers the “sale of prepaid wireless service that is not evidenced by a physical card” to constitute the

In this episode of the SALT Shaker Podcast, host Chris Lee discusses four recent developments, which includes a New York State advisory opinion addressing the taxation of email services (TSB-A-20(30)S, July 14, 2020), an Iowa publication addressing the taxability of computer peripherals, a Rhode Island rule concerning the taxability of online hosted software related to

The Alabama Tax Tribunal held that a taxpayer’s payments to an affiliated entity for employee services were not included in the payroll factor of the apportionment formula for business-income tax purposes because the payments were not made directly to the taxpayer’s employees.

During the years at issue, an Alabama regulation stated that only amounts paid

The Alabama Supreme Court ruled that all software, including custom software, is tangible personal property subject to Alabama sales tax. The taxpayer filed refund claims for sales tax paid on computer software and accompanying equipment, claiming that an Alabama Department of Revenue regulation exempted these purchases from the sales tax as “custom software programming.” The

In interpreting an ambiguous statute allowing for a tax credit against the state’s financial institution excise tax (FIET), the Alabama Court of Appeals held in favor of the Department of Revenue’s interpretation. Alabama imposes a 6½% FIET on the net income of certain financial institutions. After deducting administrative charges payable to the Department, the Department

Reversing a judgment of the circuit court, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals held that sales of prepaid authorization numbers that allow purchasers to access wireless services on cellular telephones are subject to the state’s sales tax. The court reasoned that during the 2008 through 2011 tax years at issue, the relevant sales tax statute

By Mike Le and Tim Gustafson 

On December 8, 2017, the Alabama Supreme Court issued an order without opinion in Thomas v. Elbow River Marketing Ltd. Partnership, affirming a lower court’s decision that a Canada-based seller of hydrocarbon products did not engage in or carry on a business in the City of Birmingham

By Chelsea Marmor and Charlie Kearns

The Alabama Tax Tribunal (Tribunal) affirmed the Alabama Department of Revenue’s (DOR) assessment that denied Credit Suisse Boston USA Inc.’s (Credit Suisse) deduction for interest expense paid to a related member. Credit Suisse argued that the interest expense payments were exempt from Alabama’s addback requirement because the expense to