Code of Alabama - Title 45: Local Laws - Section 45-25-243 - Lodging tax levied
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Section 45-25-243 - Lodging tax levied.
(a) In DeKalb County, in addition to all other taxes imposed by law, there is levied a privilege or license tax in the amount herein prescribed against every person within the county engaging in the business of renting or furnishing a room or rooms, lodging or accommodations, to a transient in a hotel, motel, inn, condominium, house, tourist court, or another place in which rooms, lodgings, or accommodations are regularly furnished to transients for a consideration. The amount of the tax shall be equal to two percent of the charge for the rooms, lodgings, or accommodations, including the charge for use of rental or personal property and services furnished in the room or rooms within DeKalb County and one percent of the charge within the corporate limits of Fort Payne.
(b)(l) There are exempted from the tax levied by this section, and from the computation of the amount of the tax levied or payable all of the following: Charges for property sold or services furnished which are required to be included in the tax levied by the State Sales Tax Act; Charges for the rental of rooms, lodgings, or accommodations to a person for a period of 30 continuous days or more pursuant to the exemption provision of Alabama's Transient Occupancy Tax, Section 40-26-1. A subsequent amendment or change to the Alabama Transient Occupancy Tax shall also have the effect of similarly changing the exemption provision of this section.
(2) Notwithstanding the provisions of this subsection, the tax shall not apply to the rental of living accommodations which are intended primarily for rental to persons as their principal or permanent place of residence.
(c)(l) The tax levied by this section except as otherwise provided, shall be due and payable to the Department of Revenue on or before the 20th day of the month next succeeding the month in which the tax accrues. On or before the 20th day of each month, every person on whom the tax is levied by this subpart shall render to the Department of Revenue on a form prescribed by the department, a true and correct statement showing the gross proceeds of the business subject to the tax for the then preceding month, together with other information as the department requires. At the time of making the monthly report, the taxpayer shall compute and pay to the department the amount of tax shown due. A person subject to the tax who conducts business on a credit basis may defer reporting and paying the tax until after the person has received payment of the items, articles, or accommodations furnished. In the event the taxpayer defers reporting and paying the taxes, he or she shall thereafter include in each monthly report all credit collections made during the then preceding month and shall pay the amount of taxes computed thereon at the time of filing the report.
(2) It shall be the duty of every person engaged or continuing in a business subject to the tax levied by this section to keep and preserve suitable records of the gross proceeds of the business and other books or accounts necessary to determine the amount of tax for which he or she is liable pursuant to this section. The records shall be kept and preserved for a period of two years and shall be open for examination at all times by the Department of Revenue or by a duly authorized agent, deputy, or employee of the department.
(3) A person who fails to pay the tax levied by this section within the time required by this section shall pay in addition to the tax a penalty of 10 percent of the amount of tax due, together with interest from the date on which the tax became due and payable at the rate due and payable on the state lodging tax. The penalty and interest shall be assessed and collected as a part of the tax. The Department of Revenue may, if good and sufficient reason be shown, waive or remit the penalty or a portion of the penalty.
(d) All provisions of the state lodging tax statutes with respect to payment, assessment, and collection of the state lodging tax, making of reports, and keeping and preserving records, interest after due date of tax, or otherwise; the promulgation of rules and regulations with respect to the state lodging tax; and the administration and enforcement of the state lodging tax statutes, which are not inconsistent with this section when applied to the tax levied by this section, shall apply to the levied tax. The Commissioner of Revenue and the Department of Revenue shall have and exercise the same powers, duties, and obligations with respect to the district taxes levied as imposed on the commissioner and the department, respectively, by the state lodging tax statutes. All provisions of the state lodging tax statutes that are made applicable to this section to the taxes levied, and to the administration of this section are incorporated herein by reference and made a part as if fully set forth.
(e) Except as otherwise provided in this section all proceeds from the tax levied by this section shall be deposited into the DeKalb County General Fund and shall be allocated to the DeKalb County Tourism Association for the promotion of tourism.
(f) None of the provisions of this section shall be applied in a manner to violate the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution. If a provision of this section is held invalid, the invalidity shall not affect the remaining provisions of this section.
(g) The Department of Revenue shall charge and deduct from the proceeds of the tax levied an amount equal to the cost to the department of making the collections and the charge shall not exceed five percent of the total amount of tax collected. Following that deduction, the department shall pay the remainder of the tax proceeds to the bureau.
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