James Long

James Long

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Third Time’s a Charm: Governor Bentley and Legislature Reach Budget/Tax Compromise

Summary - Governor Robert Bentley called a second special session of the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, September 9 at 5 p.m. to address the FY 2016 General Fund budget and associated revenue measures. After meeting for...more

9/22/2015 - Ad Valorem Tax Business Privilege Tax CMS Combined Reporting Department of Revenue ETFs Excise Tax FICA Taxes Gas Taxes General Fund Healthcare Legislative Agendas Lottery Medicaid Pharmacies Property Tax State Budgets State Taxes Tax Amnesty Tax Increases Tax Rates Tax Reform Tax Revenues Tobacco Tribal Government Programs

Special Session Ends with Handful of Noteworthy Tax Bills, Predictions for Next Special Session

The first Special Session of 2015 ended on Tuesday, August 11, without accomplishing the primary objective of passing a General Fund budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The Governor’s “call” for the special session included...more

8/19/2015 - Business Taxes Legislative Agendas Legislative Process Reciprocity Rules Repeal Sales & Use Tax Sales Tax State Budgets Sufficient Nexus Tax Exemptions Tax Reform

Alabama 2015 Regular Session Legislative Summary: June 2015

The Alabama Senate adjourned sine die on Thursday, June 4, and the Alabama House of Representatives met for their last day on Thursday, June 11. Although the legislature passed a record-setting, $6 billion Education Trust...more

7/1/2015 - Education Reform General Fund New Legislation Pending Legislation State Budgets Tax Revenues

Alabama Tax Legislative Summary: 2015 Regular Session; Some Unofficial Predictions For Upcoming Session(s)

The Alabama Senate adjourned late Thursday afternoon, June 4, leaving a number of pending bills on the table. Although the legislature passed a record-setting $6 billion Education Trust Fund budget, the issue that pervaded...more

6/19/2015 - Economic Development General Fund Legislative Agendas New Legislation Proposed Legislation State Budgets Tax Revenues

Alabama Legislator Introduces Broad Unitary Combined Reporting Bill

As part of Republican Governor Robert Bentley’s eight-bill revenue package, Representative Mike Hill (R-Columbiana) has introduced a mandatory unitary combined reporting bill (often called “MUCR”), H.B. 142, that would be...more

3/13/2015 - Proposed Legislation Revenue State Budgets Tax Revenues

Tax Tribunal Issues First Ruling Regarding Scope of Authority of Tax Tribunal Judge

Chief Judge Bill Thompson of the newly-established Alabama Tax Tribunal ("the Tribunal") issued his first, and a key, ruling involving the scope of his authority when the taxpayer, Stone Bridge Farms of Cullman, Alabama, does...more

3/9/2015 - Department of Revenue Judges Tax Tribunal

Two Key Alabama Business Associations Announce Their 2015 State Tax Legislative Agendas

In preparation for the 2015 regular session of the Alabama Legislature, which begins Tuesday, March 3, one of Alabama’s most influential business and trade organizations, the 5,000-member Business Council of Alabama (BCA),...more

3/4/2015 - Legislative Agendas Tax Reform

Tax Tribunal Issues Critical Ruling Regarding Scope of Judge's Authority

Chief Judge Bill Thompson of the newly-established Alabama Tax Tribunal has issued his first ruling involving the scope of his authority as a judge when the taxpayer did not specifically raise an argument or defense in its...more

2/10/2015 - Department of Revenue Judges Tax Assessment Tax Tribunal

Alabama Receives Significant Upgrade from COST on State Tax Due Process Scorecard

On December 17, the Council On State Taxation (COST) announced that Alabama’s grade in their “Best and Worst of State Tax Administration” scorecard on Tax Appeals and Procedural Requirements, otherwise known as the “Due...more

12/26/2014 - Due Process Income Taxes State Taxes Tax Appeals

Alabama Tax Developments – 2014 Year in Review

This SALT Alert summarizes the major legislative, judicial, and administrative developments affecting Alabama business taxpayers with respect to income, transactional, and property taxes, as well as several updates on...more

12/15/2014 - Corporate Taxes Income Taxes New Legislation Tax Revenues

Alabama Joins Transfer Pricing Advisory Group to Develop New Service for the Multistate Tax Commission

Alabama has joined the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, New Jersey, and North Carolina as members of the Arm’s Length Adjustment Services (ALAS) Advisory Group, a new project by the Multistate...more

6/12/2014 - Income Taxes Multistate Tax Commission Transfer Pricing

Judge Bill Thompson Appointed as First Chief Judge of Alabama Tax Tribunal

On May 19, Governor Robert Bentley officially appointed Chief Administrative Law Judge William L. (Bill) Thompson as the first Chief Judge of the newly established Alabama Tax Tribunal (“ATT”) pursuant to the Alabama Taxpayer...more

5/23/2014 - ALJ Election Results Tax Court

Mississippi Legislature Overwhelmingly Approves Equifax Fix

Earlier this week the Mississippi Legislature approved the conference committee report on tax reform legislation (House Bill 799) that significantly changes Mississippi’s tax assessment and appeals procedures. Both the House...more

4/4/2014 - Appeals Apportionment Pay-To-Play Tax Assessment Tax Penalties Tax Reform

Alabama Legislative Update—Rounding the Corner in the Last Lap: An Update on Pending and Recently Enacted Tax Legislation

The 2014 regular session of the Alabama legislature has been underway for over two months and is nearing its end. The legislature is off this week for Spring Break, then returns on Tuesday, April 1, for three final meeting...more

3/25/2014 - Ad Valorem Tax Audits Business Privilege Tax Education Budget Income Taxes Innocent Spouse Exception Job Creation Legislative Agendas LLC Net Operating Losses Research and Development Sales & Use Tax State Budgets Tax Assessment Tax Credits

Alabama Senate Unanimously Approves Bill to Establish an Independent Tax Tribunal

Last night, the Alabama Senate passed by a vote of 26-0 Substitute House Bill 105, formerly known as the Alabama Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights II (TBOR II) and recently renamed the “Alabama Taxpayer Fairness Act,” which...more

3/3/2014 - Tax Appeals Tax Assessment Tribunals

Important New and Amended ADOR Regulations Now in Effect

Replacement Local Nexus Rule: The Alabama Department of Revenue’s (ADOR) new local nexus regulation, Rule 810-6-5-.04.02, is now in effect and applies to all transactions occurring on or after January 1, 2014. The ADOR...more

1/3/2014 - Department of Revenue Nexus Sales & Use Tax

State & Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition - December 20th, 2013

On December 16, 2013, the Council On State Taxation (COST) released its fifth edition of the COST Due Process Scorecard on Tax Appeals and Procedural Requirements. For the second time in as many scorecards, Alabama ranked in...more

12/20/2013 - Local Taxes State Taxes Tax Appeals Tax Assessment

Alabama Tax Developments: 2013 Year in Review

Our final Alabama SALT Alert of 2013 summarizes the major legislative, judicial, and administrative developments affecting Alabama taxpayers with respect to income, transactional, and property taxes so far this year. The 2013...more


PARCA Issues 25th Anniversary Report: How Alabama’s Taxes Compare

The well-respected Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), headquartered at Samford University in Birmingham, has issued its 25th anniversary report, How Alabama’s Taxes Compare, which discusses the sources and...more

10/9/2013 - Income Taxes Tax Reform

State & Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition - September 25th, 2013

The Alabama Historical Commission has issued emergency regulations to implement the state’s new historic structures rehabilitation tax credit. Emergency Rules 460-x-23-.01ER through 460-x-23-.13ER took effect September 1,...more

9/25/2013 - Historical Landmarks SALT Tax Credits

Alabama Department of Revenue to Issue Revised Local Nexus Rule

The Alabama Department of Revenue (“ADOR”) is expected to issue a revised and much less controversial version of its proposed local nexus rule by July 25. The revised rule is expected to be narrower in scope than the...more

7/16/2013 - Department of Revenue Marketplace Fairness Act Nexus

Mississippi Supreme Court Reverses Court of Appeals in Equifax Case

In a landmark (and somewhat surprising) decision issued June 20, the Mississippi Supreme Court reversed the Mississippi Court of Appeals’ decision in Equifax, Inc. and Equifax Credit Info. Services, Inc. v. Miss. Dep’t of...more

6/25/2013 - Administrative Procedure Act Apportionment Audits Equifax Income Taxes Penalties Reverse Payment Settlement Agreements

Mississippi Enacts Academic Research Rebate Legislation and Expands Existing Motion Picture Production Rebate Program

Mississippi recently enacted two pieces of legislation that should encourage private investment in the state. The Strengthening Mississippi Academic Research Through Business (SMART Business) Act (House Bill 826), which...more

6/5/2013 - Colleges Motion Picture Industry New Legislation Rebates SMART Universities Video Games

Wrap-Up of Alabama Legislature Actions

The Alabama Legislature adjourned near midnight on May 20, closing a session that saw lawmakers grant final passage of the two operating budgets and of amendments to the controversial Alabama Accountability Act. With respect...more

5/30/2013 - Foreclosure Income Taxes New Legislation Property Tax Sales & Use Tax Tax Credits Tax Exemptions Taxpayers' Bill of Rights

Alabama DOR Issues Controversial Local Nexus Regulation: Would Dramatically Alter the Rule on Delivery Nexus

On April 30, the Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) issued a proposed regulation regarding sellers’ obligations to collect and remit sales or use tax to Alabama cities and counties that would radically change the landscape...more

5/14/2013 - Jurisdiction Nexus Sales & Use Tax

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