State Income Tax
|State Sales Tax 4%
City Sales Tax 4%
County Sales Tax 1%
First $500 - 2%
Next $2,500 - 4%
Over $3,000 - 5%
Ad Valorem - Residential property is taxed at a rate of 33 mills x 10 precent of assessed value. There is a homestead exemption for totally disabled persons or persons over 65 years of age with $7,500 or less income if they live on the property. Other exemptions are based on individual situations. Income from specified Alabama Retirement Systems, the United States Civil Service Retirement System, Military Retirement Systems and benefits received under a "defined benefit plan," as defined under Section 414(j) of the Internal Revenue Code, are exempt from Alabama income tax.
Alabama Cost of Living And Taxes:
How far your retirement money can go is dependent on two things, the local cost of living, which normally does not address taxes, and state and local taxes. This site provides information and links to assist in your retirement location decision making process.
In 2008, Alabama ranked 46th in a ranking of states by "effective state and local tax burdens." Alabama's tax burden as a percentage of income was 8.6 percent, as opposed to the U.S. average of 9.7 percent. Alabama tax burden per capita was $3,144 as compared to the U.S. average of $4,283. (Source: www.retirementliving.com/RLtaxburdens.html)
A net pay calculator allows you to calculate taxes on income and compare to other locations. Visit www.paycheckcity.com/conpw/netpaycalculator.asp.
Cost of living comparator allows quick cost of living comparisons between communities; four links are provided:
- ACCRA Cost of Living Calculator
Bankrate Cost of Living Comparison (uses current ACCRA data)
- Relocation Essentials Cost of Living Comparison
State and local taxes are a significant factor in selecting a retirement location. Alabama is consistently ranked within the bottom 10 percent of states for cost of state and local tax burdens. A ranking of states can be found at www.retirementliving.com/RLtaxburdens.html. Information on specific state taxes and exemptions is provided below.
For frequently asked tax questions visit www.revenue.alabama.gov/incometax/itfaq01.htm.
State sales tax is 4 percent; prescription drugs exempt. The rate can go as high as 12 percent depending on city and county taxes. The state administers over 200 different city and county sales taxes; however, it does not administer all county or city sales taxes. To view city or county sales, use, lodging or rental taxes go to www.revenue.alabama.gov/salestax/sales/.
Sales, Use, Lodgings and Rental Tax Rates Detail Report:
Locality Code: 9653
County Location: Houston County
Current Tax Rates as of the June 1, 2009:
|Tax Type||Rate Type||Active Date||Action||PJ||Administrator|
|CONSUMERS USE||Auto 0.750%||06-01-2009||AC||N||ALATX|
|CONSUMERS USE||Farm 0.750%||06-01-2009||AC||N||ALATX|
|CONSUMERS USE||General 4%||06-01-2009||RC||N||ALATX|
|CONSUMERS USE||MFG Machine 0.750%||06-01-2009||AC||N||ALATX|
|SALES TAX||AUTO 0.750%||06-01-2009||AC||N||ALATX|
|SALES TAX||FARM 0.750%||06-01-2009||AC||N||ALATX|
|SALES TAX||GENERAL 4.000%||06-01-2009||RC||N||ALATX|
|SALES TAX||MFG. MACHINE 0.750%||06-01-2009||AC||N||ALATX|
|SALES TAX||VENDING 3.000%||06-01-2009||AC||N||ALATX|
|SALES TAX||W/D FEE $3.750||06-01-2009||AC||N||ALATX|
|SELLERS USE||AUTO 0.750%||6-01-2009||AC||N||ALATAX|
|SELLERS USE||FARM 0.750%||6-01-2009||AC||N||ALATAX|
|SELLERS USE||GENERAL 4.000%||6-01-2009||RC||N||ALATAX|
|SELLERS USE||MFG. MACHINE 0.750%||6-01-2009||AC||N||ALATAX|
|Tax Type||Rate Type||Rate|
|CONSUMERS USE||MGF. Machine||1.500%|
|LODGINGS TAX||GENERAL (MOUNTAIN LAKES AREA)||5.000%|
|LODGINGS TAX||GENERAL (ALL OTHER AREAS)||4.000%|
|RENTAL TAX||GENERAL 4.000%||4.000%|
|SALES TAX||MFG. MACHINE||1.500%|
|SALES TAX||VENDING ( FOOD PRODUCTS)||3.000%|
|SALES TAX||Vending(ALL OTHERS)||4.000%|
|SELLERS USE||MFG. MACHINE||1.500%|
For City/County code explanations, click here.
Action Indicator: NT - New Tax; RC - Rate Change; AC - Agency Change
PJ Indicator: N - No tax levied in the police jurisdiction
Y - Tax levied in the PJ; normal rate is 1/2 the rate in corporate limits
Sales Tax W/D Fee: Automobile Demonstrator Fee - for automobile dealers only
LodgingsTax W/D Fee: No. of Room Nights - for lodging providers only
Houston County collects 34.5 mills on property within a municipality and 29.5 mills for property in the rural area of Houston County. Homeowners can claim a homestead exemption at the Houston County Revenue Commissioner's office located at 462 N. Oats St., Fifth floor, Dothan, AL 36303. For additional information on homestead exemptions, maps of parcels in Houston County and other tax questions, call (334) 677-4717 or visit www.houstoncounty.org.
State tax rates with applicable Code of Alabama 1975 Sections:
|Motor Fuels Tax:|
|Tax Type||Rate Type||CODE SECTION|
|GASOLINE||$.12 PER GALLON
$.04 PER GALLON
$.16 PER GALLON
$.13 PER GALLON
|AVIATION JET GAS
$.010 PER GALLON
|LUBRICATING OILS||$.02 PER GALLON
$.04 PER GALLON
$.06 PER GALLON
|WHOLESALE OIL LICENSE||
1/2 OF 1% ON GROSS SALES
*NOTE: This is levied on the first wholesale transaction in Alabama.
|MOTOR CARRIER MILAGE||
|TAX RATE||CODE SECTION|
NOT LESS THAN 9 NOR MORE THAN 16
$.025 PER MILE
|Houston County Fuels Tax:|
|COTTONWOOD||1 CENT||HOUSTON||N||NON-STATE ADM.|
|HOUSTON COUNTY||1 CENT||HOUSTON||N||NON-STATE ADM.|
|TAYLOR||1 CENT||HOUSTON||N||NON-STATE ADM.|
State Cigarette Tax:
42.5 cents/pack of 20
|Personal Income Taxes:|
|TAX RATE RANGE||LOW - 2%||HIGH - 50%|
|INCOME BRACKETS||LOWEST -$500||HIGH - $3000|
|NUMBER OF BRACKETS||3|
|PERSONAL EXEMPTIONS||SINGLE $1,500 MARRIED $3,000 DEPENDENTS $300|
|STANDARD DEDUCTION||SINGLE $2,000 MARRIED FILING JOINT $4,000|
|MEDICAL/DENTAL DEDUCTIONS||LIMITED TO EXCESS OF 4% OF ADJUSTED INCOME|
Federal Income Tax Beduction Full
Retirement Income Taxes: Social Security, military, civil service, state/local government and qualified private pensions are exempt. All out-of-state government pensions are tax-exempt if they are defined benefit plans.
Retired Military Pay: Pay and survivor benefits not taxed.
Military Disability Retired Pay: Disability Portion - Length of Service Pay; Member on September 24, 1975 - No tax; Not Member on Sept. 24, 1975 - Taxed, unless combat incurred. Retired Pay - Based solely on disability: Member on Sept. 24, 1975 - No tax; Not Member on Sept. 24, 1975 - Taxed, unless all pay based on disability and disability resulted from armed conflict, extra-hazardous service, simulated war, or an instrumentality of war.
VA Disability Dependency and Indemnity Compensation: Not subject to federal or state taxes.
Military SBP/SSBP/RCSBP/RSFPP: Generally subject to state taxes for those states with income tax. Check with state department of revenue office.
An extensive list of exemptions are provided at www.revenue.alabama.gov/incometax/xempt.html.
Each county has its own millage rate.
Inheritance and Estate Taxes:
There is no inheritance tax and the estate tax is limited to federal estate tax collection.
For further information, visit the the Alabama Department of Revenue website or call (334) 242-1170. If you are thinking about retiring to Alabama, click here.
*For joint returns, the taxes are twice the tax imposed on half the income.