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(a) This section shall only apply to Calhoun County.
(b) As used in this section, state sales and use tax means the tax imposed by the state sales and use tax statutes, including, but not limited to, Sections 40-23-1, 40-23-2, 40-23-4, 40-23-60, 40-23-61, 40-23-62, and 40-23-63.
(c)(1) The County Commission of Calhoun County may levy in the police jurisdictions of the incorporated municipalities in the county and in the unincorporated areas of the county, in addition to all other taxes a sales and use tax, parallel to the state sales and use tax, of up to two percent of the gross sales, gross receipts, or the fair and reasonable market value of tangible personal property, as appropriate, except where a different rate is provided herein. Notwithstanding any other part or provision of this section, no additional tax levied by this section shall be levied or collected on the sale, storage, use, or consumption of any new or used agricultural machinery or equipment, and the county commission shall establish a tax rate of zero for such machinery and equipment.
(2) Notwithstanding any other part or provision of this section, every person, firm, or corporation engaged or continuing within the county in the business of selling at retail any automotive vehicle, truck trailer, semitrailer, or house trailer shall be subject to a sales tax, parallel to the state sales and use tax except as to rate, due to the county, in an amount equal to the following schedule as applied against the gross proceeds of the sale of such automotive vehicle, truck trailer, semitrailer, or house trailer:
a. If the sale occurs within that portion of the police jurisdiction of a municipality lying within the county which is levying a sales tax in its police jurisdiction, the county sales tax rate applicable hereunder shall be at the same rate as imposed by the municipality, in its police jurisdiction, on such sale, and in the event the municipality reduces its sales tax rate on such sales occurring within its police jurisdiction, the county commission may continue to levy and collect the sales tax authorized by this section on such sales at the rate imposed before the reduction, or at a lesser rate as specified from time to time by the commission in a resolution.
b. If the sale occurs within that portion of the police jurisdiction of a municipality lying within the county that is not then levying a sales tax in the police jurisdiction, the county sales tax rate applicable hereunder to the sale shall be specified by the county commission from time to time by resolution, provided that the rate shall not exceed 0.75 percent of the gross proceeds of the sale.
c. If the sale occurs outside the police jurisdiction of any municipality lying within the county, but within an unincorporated portion of the county, the county sales tax rate applicable hereunder shall be as specified by the county commission from time to time by resolution, provided that the rate shall not exceed 0.75 percent of the gross proceeds of the sale.
(3) The rate of county use tax due hereunder with respect to the storage, use, or consumption of automotive vehicles, truck trailers, semitrailers, or house trailers within the police jurisdictions of the incorporated municipalities in the county and in the unincorporated areas in the county shall be at the same rate as specified in subdivision (2), depending on where the storage, use, or consumption occurs.
(4) Except as provided in subdivision (1), the exemptions applicable under the state sales and use tax statutes shall be equally applicable under this section.
(5) For purposes of this section, the following words or terms shall have the following meanings:
a. Automotive vehicle, truck trailer, semitrailer, or house trailer shall have the same meaning as those terms contained in Section 40-23-2(4), including certain mobile home set-up materials and supplies as described therein.
b. County commission shall mean the county commission or any successor governing body of Calhoun County.
c. County shall mean Calhoun County.
d. Private collection agency and collection agency shall both have the same meaning as private auditing or collecting firm as that term is defined in Section 40-2A-3(17).
(d) The county commission may call an advisory countywide referendum election on the question of whether or not the qualified electors to the county support or oppose the county commission levying the additional sales tax provided for in this section. All costs of the advisory referendum or election, including, but not limited to, the cost of publishing the notice and of furnishing ballots or renting voting machines, shall be paid by the county.
(e) The tax levied by this section may be collected by the State Department of Revenue, the county commission, or a private collection agency under contract with the county commission, at the same time and in the same manner as state sales and use taxes are collected. On or prior to the date the tax is due, each person subject to the tax shall file with the collection agency a report in the form prescribed by the collection agency. The report shall set forth, with respect to all sales and business transactions that are required to be used as a measure of the tax levied, a correct statement of the gross proceeds of all the sales and gross receipts of all business transactions. The report shall also include items of information pertinent to the tax as the collection agency may require. Any person subject to the tax levied by this section may defer reporting credit sales until after their collection, and in the event the person defers reporting them, the person shall thereafter include in each monthly report all credit collections made during the preceding month, and shall pay the tax due at the time of filing the report. All reports filed with the collection agency under this subsection shall be available for inspection by the county commission or its designee.
(f) Each person engaging or continuing in a business subject to the tax levied by this section, shall add to the sales price or admission fee and collect from the purchaser or the person paying the admission fee the amount due by the taxpayer because of the sale or admission. It shall be unlawful for any person subject to the tax to fail or refuse to add to the sales price or admission fee and to collect from the purchaser or person paying the admission fee the amount required to be added to the sale or admission price. It shall be unlawful for any person subject to the tax levied by this section to refund or offer to refund all or any part of the amount collected or to absorb or advertise directly or indirectly the absorption or refund of any portion of the tax.
(g) The tax levied by this section shall constitute a debt due Calhoun County. The tax, together with any interest and penalties, shall constitute and be secured by a lien upon the property of any person from whom the tax is due or who is required to collect the tax. The collection agency shall collect the tax, enforce this section, and have and exercise all rights and remedies that the state or the collection agency has for collection of the state sales and use tax. The collection agency may employ special counsel as is necessary to enforce collection of the tax levied by this section and to enforce this section. The collection agency shall pay the special counsel any fees it deems necessary and proper from the proceeds of the tax collected by it for Calhoun County.
(h) All provisions of the state sales and use tax statutes with respect to the payment, assessment, and collection of the state sales and use tax, making of reports, keeping and preserving records, penalties for failure to pay the tax, promulgating rules and regulations with respect to the state sales and use tax, and the administration and enforcement of the state sales and use tax statutes which are not inconsistent with this section shall apply to the tax levied under this section. The collection agency shall have and exercise the same powers, duties, and obligations with respect to the tax levied under this section that are imposed on the commissioner and department by the state sales and use tax statutes. All provisions of the state sales and use tax statutes that are made applicable by this section to the tax levied under this section, and to the administration and enforcement of this section, are incorporated by reference and made a part of this section as if fully set forth herein.
(i) The collection agency may charge Calhoun County for collecting the tax levied under this section in an amount or percentage of total collections as may be agreed upon by the collection agency and the Calhoun County Commission. The charge shall not exceed two percent of the total amount of the tax collected in the county if collected by the Department of Revenue or the actual cost of collection, whichever is less. If collected by an entity or agency other than the state, the collection charge shall be two percent of the tax collected in the county. The charge may be deducted each month from the gross revenues from the tax before certification of the amount of the proceeds due Calhoun County for that month. The collection agency shall pay into the Calhoun County Road and Bridge Fund all amounts collected under this section as the tax is received by the collection agency within 10 days after it is collected. The collection agency shall certify to the county commission the amount collected and paid into the Road and Bridge Fund of Calhoun County during the month immediately preceding the certification.
(j) The net proceeds of the additional tax imposed under authority of this section shall be paid into the road and bridge fund, which is created in the county treasury, and shall be used as provided in subsection (k).
(k) Expenditures from the road and bridge fund shall be made exclusively for the purpose of construction, improvement, and maintenance of public highways and bridges, the full-time operation of the county road and bridge maintenance barn referenced in Section 45-8-180.01 to at least the same extent that this barn was operating in Piedmont during the 1994-1995 fiscal year, the retirement of securities evidencing obligations incurred for payment of costs of any construction improvement and maintenance, the matching of federal or state funds in the construction of improved roads and bridges in the county in the same manner as other county funds are used to match federal and state funds, and for payment of the costs incurred in the administration and the enforcement of this section.
(l) Any municipality in the county which levies an additional sales tax pursuant to this section which would make the aggregate of all state and local sales taxes more than eight percent shall earmark 25 percent of any amount in excess of eight percent to the county general fund. Any future increase in sales tax levied by the county in excess of an aggregate of all state and local taxes of eight percent shall be apportioned between the county general fund and each municipality in the county on a per capita basis.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Alabama Code Title 45. Local Laws § 45-8-242 - last updated January 01, 2019 | https://codes.findlaw.com/al/title-45-local-laws/al-code-sect-45-8-242.html
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