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How do I use Alabama’s Simplified Sellers Use Tax Remittance Act?


I would like to collect 8% in Alabama per the Simplified Sellers Use Tax Remittance Act effective October 1, 2015. More information can be found on Avalara's blog.



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Setting up AvaTax for accurate calculation

  • In order to honor the 8% flat rate, a rate override rule would need to be created for Alabama.
    • For information on creating custom tax rules in your AvaTax account, please review Add or Import Custom Tax Rules
      • Please have an Admin User log into AvaTax and navigate to your account's custom tax rules.
      • Download and save the Alabama custom rule template: Rules-AL-Flat8.xls
      • Open the file and adjust the "EffDate" to align with the date you began participating in the SSUT program.
      • Click Import tax rules and browse and upload or drag and drop the Alabama custom rule template that you previously saved.
  • Next, because Simplified Sellers Use Tax is applied at the state level only and local jurisdictions are not collected, the nexus selections in your AvaTax account need:
  • Lastly, if any transactions were created prior to implementing these changes, they will need to be recalculated.
    • This will update the state rate to 8% and remove any localities that previously were used in calculation.
      • Please note this may change the amount of tax that was originally calculated on the transaction
    • To recalculate on an individual transaction
      • In AvaTax Update, go to the Transactions tab, search for your transactions, and click on the DocCode
      • Click on the transaction
      • Click Calculate Tax (in the middle)
      • Click Save
      • Select an Adjustment Reason
      • Click Yes, save and commit changes
    • To recalculate on several transaction at once using the transaction import
      • Review the import guidelines found here.
        • Use process code 4 to adjust a transaction that was already created and to allow AvaTax to calculate the new tax amount
      • Import your new file by going to Transactions > Import Transactions.


If you are registered as a Simplified Sellers Use Tax filer

Once the above changes have been made, please add the AL 2630 Simplified Sellers Use Tax form to your scheduled returns in AvaTax. 

  • You will need:
    • E-file credentials needed to log into the state electronically file your return
    • Filing frequency
    • Your Alabama registration number/account number
    • Your company EIN/FEIN
    • Effective Date for the first period you would like the form filed on


You have not yet registered as a Simplified Sellers Use Tax filer

If you have not yet registered, please contact the Alabama Department of Revenue for more information.

  • This program requires an application to be submitted and approved by the Alabama Department of Revenue before utilizing its benefits.
  • You can also review specific Simplified Sellers Use Tax Remittance Act information at the Alabama website Simplified Sellers Use Tax (SSUT).