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The efile.com tax software makes it easy for you to efile your state tax return and use the correct state tax forms. Prepare and efile your Alabama state tax return (resident, nonresident, or part-year resident) and Federal tax return together or separately at efile.com. View the federal tax return filing requirements.
Alabama Income Tax Filing Deadline
The regular deadline to file an Alabama state income tax return is April 15.
|Tax Deadline Date
||Type of Income Tax Return
||Filing Deadline / Due Date Description
|April 18, 2018
||2017 Alabama State Tax Return
||Due date for Alabama State Income Tax Returns - income tax filing deadline
|April 18, 2018
||2017 Alabama State Tax Extension
||Due date for Alabama automatic extensions
|October 15, 2018
||2017 Alabama State Tax Return
||Last day to efile a 2017 Alabama State Income Tax Return for tax extension filers and late efilers
View all state tax return filing deadlines.
Find federal income tax return filing deadlines.
Tax Year 2017 Alabama State Tax Forms
All of the following Alabama state tax forms are supported by the efile.com software:
||Can I efile this form?
||Individual Income Tax Return
||Individual Estimated Tax Form
||Nonresident Income Tax Return
||Individual Income Tax Payment Voucher
||Underpayment Penalty of Estimated Tax
||Investment Interest Expense Deduction
||Credit for Taxes Paid to Other States
||Net Profit or Loss
||Other Available Credits
Alabama State Tax Forms that Cannot Be efiled
Alabama State Tax Withholding Form
||Employee's Withholding Exemption Certificate
AL Tax Extension
||Alabama Extension Instructions
||How to File
No form (AL grants an automatic extension)
If you're certain that you cannot file your Alabama return by the deadline, you do not need to file for an extension. You'll automatically receive a 6-month extension of time to file your return (not to pay). The extended tax return due date is October 15, 2018. Please be aware that Alabama will not accept the federal extension form as an extension for your Alabama tax return.
If you expect to owe taxes, and you are going to take advantage of the automatic extension of time to file, you should still pay what you owe by April 18, 2018. Include Form 40-V, Individual Income Tax Payment Voucher with the payment (unless it's an electronic payment). Automatic extension payments over $25,000 must be made electronically.
Extension received automatically
Important Reminder! If you are filing an Alabama tax extension, you may need to efile a federal tax extension as well.
AL Tax Amendment
Amended Alabama tax returns can only be mailed; they cannot be efiled. Learn how to file an Alabama tax amendment.
2016 Previous Tax Year AL State Tax Forms
Alabama state tax forms for previous Tax Years cannot be prepared and efiled online. You will need to print, fill out, and mail the forms to the Alabama Department of Revenue.
Where's My Refund? - Check Your Alabama State Tax Refund Status
Before checking the status of your AL state refund, wait at least 6 weeks after filing your return. File electronically or early in the tax season to get your refund faster.
Check your Alabama tax refund status online.
AL efile Error Codes
If your Alabama state return was rejected, you will receive an error reject code. If you prepared and efiled your return on efile.com, we will provide you with an explanation of how to correct the error on your return. You may then resubmit your state return at no additional charge until it is accepted by the state.
View a list of all Alabama State efile Income Tax Return Error Reject Codes.
Alabama Tax Facts
AL Income Tax:
Individual income is taxed across three tax brackets at three graduated tax rates.
- 2% on the first $500 of taxable income
- 4% for taxable income between $501 and $3,000
- 5% for taxable income over $3,000
The income amounts are doubled for married couples filing jointly.
AL Sales/Use Tax:
Alabama has a general state sales/use tax rate of 4%. Automobiles have a 2% tax rate. Vending machines have two types of tax rates: 3% for food products; 4% for other products. There's a 4% tax rate for amusements.
More information on Alabama Sales Tax
AL Sales Tax Holiday:
Alabama holds two annual sales tax holidays, which usually occur on the first weekend of a month (midnight Friday through midnight Sunday). During these holidays, certain items are exempt from Alabama sales tax. However, the AL consumer will only receive the tax exemption if a specific total spending limit is met.
Refer to the chart below for all Alabama sales tax holidays for 2018.
|Sales Tax Holiday Dates
||Sales Tax Holiday Items Included
|February 23-25, 2018
- Hurricane preparedness: any portable generator and power cords- $1,000 or less
- Hurricane preparedness: qualified supplies (cell and volt batteries, cell phone supplies, portable flashlights, etc.) - $60 or less
|July 20-22, 2018
- Back to school: qualified clothing-$100 or less
- Back to school: computers, software, and supplies-$750 or less
- Back to school: school supplies, art supplies, instructional material-$50 or less per item (non-commercial purchases)
- Back to school: books-$30 or less per book (non-commercial purchases)
AL Personal Property Tax:
All personal property in Alabama is subject to a personal property tax unless exempt by law.
Odd Tax Facts:
- The state of Alabama does not allow taxpayers to deduct child care expenses, and there is no child care tax credit available.
- You cannot claim a foster child, friend, cousin, your spouse, or yourself as a dependent on your AL state tax return.
- The Head of Household filing status is known as "Head of Family" in Alabama. However, claiming a foster child as a dependent doesn't qualify a taxpayer to file as "Head of Family".
- Alabama has a 10-cent tax on playing cards.
AL State Tax Agency:
You can contact the Alabama Department of Revenue at 334-353-0602.
For more information on Alabama state income taxes, you can visit the website of The Alabama Department of Revenue.