Alabama amnesty begins July 1

The 2018 Alabama tax amnesty application period opens on July 1, 2018 (see Payroll Management Guide Report Letter 1514/2547, dated March 13, 2018). It runs through September 30, 2018. The Department of Revenue has launched a website dedicated to the program. The amnesty applies to taxes either: (1) due before January 1, 2017; or (2) for tax periods that began before January 1, 2017. Most taxes administered by the Department are eligible for the program including withholding. The program is not available to any taxpayer who: (1) was contacted by the department for tax reasons within the last two years; or (2) is under criminal investigation, or in litigation, for nonpayment of tax, delinquency, or fraud. Taxpayers must submit all applications electronically through the Alabama tax amnesty website ( The website also provides information taxpayers may need on the program and answers to frequently asked questions. The program waives all interest and penalties associated with the tax periods for which amnesty is granted. (Act 2018-153 (H.B. 137), Laws 2018 approved and effective March 6, 2018; News Release, Alabama Department of Revenue, May 11, 2018.)

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