Alabama Income Taxes and AL State Tax Forms

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Your Alabama Income Tax Return

eFile.com makes it easy for you to e-file your state tax return (e.g resident, nonresident, or part-year resident returns). However, the IRS and the respective state tax agencies require you to e-file a federal income tax return at the same time you efile a state tax return. This is not an eFile.com policy but an IRS and state agency policy. Many taxpayers have asked how they can only prepare and file a state income tax return. The eFile.com tax application lets you prepare a state tax return only, however you cannot efile the state return upon completion. Instead, you will have to download the completed state tax return as a PDF file, print it, sign it, and mail it to the respective state - the address is on the PDF file. Find more detailed instructions on how to prepare and file a state only return on eFile.com.

2018 Alabama Income Tax Filing Deadlines

Deadline
Type of Filing
Description
April 15, 2019
Tax Return - efileIT*
Alabama State Income Tax Return Due Date.
April 15, 2019
Tax Extension
Alabama Automatic Extension. Details below.
October 15, 2019
Tax Return - efileIT*
Last day to efile a 2018 Alabama State Income Tax Return for tax extension filers and late efilers.
Now
Requires an accepted 2018 or previous year Alabama State Tax Return.
State Tax Returns
Select respective State Tax Return Deadlines.
Federal Tax Returns
IRS Tax Return Deadlines.

E-File These 2018 Alabama State Tax Forms

Prepare and efile these state forms for 2018 in conjunction with your federal and state income tax return. As you proceed through the tax interview on eFile.com, the application will select the correct state forms for you. You can also select tax forms individually. All these forms will then be e-filed by you to the state tax agency. Instructions on how to only prepare a state income tax return.

Form/Schedule
Description
efileIT Now*
Form 40
Individual Income Tax Return
Form 40ES
Individual Estimated Tax Form
Form 40NR
Nonresident Income Tax Return
Form 40V
Individual Income Tax Payment Voucher
Form 2210AL
Underpayment Penalty of Estimated Tax
Form 4952A
Investment Interest Expense Deduction
Schedule A
Itemized Deductions
Schedule CR
Credit for Taxes Paid to Other States
Schedule D
Net Profit or Loss
Schedule DC
Donation Checkoffs
Schedule E
Supplement Income/Loss
Schedule OC
Other Available Credits
Employee's Withholding Exemption Certificate
Cannot be efiled


* Due to IRS and state tax agency tax data sharing and validation requirements, you can only e-file a state income tax return while also e-filing a federal income tax return. This is not an eFile.com created policy, but all online tax web sites have to adhere to this IRS/state issued tax data sharing policy. Find out how to only prepare and file a state tax return. Only on eFile.com can you prepare and efile unlimited state tax returns for one low price. Most other sites charge a per state price.

Alabama efile Error Codes

If your Alabama state return was rejected by the state and not eFile.com, 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.

How To File an Alabama Tax Extension

If you are certain that you cannot file your Alabama return by the deadline, you do not need to file for an extension. You will automatically receive a 6-month extension of time to file your return (not to pay). The extended tax return due date is October 15, 2019. Please be aware that Alabama will not accept the federal extension form as an extension for your Alabama tax return. However, if you expect to owe income taxes, you should submit your payment with payment voucher Form 40V. If you efiled your return and are making a payment by check or money order, you must complete a Form 40V on eFile.com. If you are making a payment by credit card, a Form 40V is not needed. If you are making an automatic extension payment, you also must use Form 40V unless it is made electronically. Use eFile.com and prepare an Alabama tax return to find out what your Alabama state income tax payment will be.

Important: Do you need to prepare and e-file an IRS or federal tax extension as well?

How to File An Alabama Tax Amendment

Amended Alabama tax returns can only be mailed; they cannot be efiled. Learn how to file an Alabama tax amendment.

Important Reminder! If you are filing an Alabama tax amendment, you may need to file a federal tax amendment as well.

2017 Tax Year Alabama Tax Forms

Alabama state tax forms for previous Tax Years cannot be prepared and e-filed during the current tax season. You will need to print, fill out, and mail the forms to the Alabama Department of Revenue.

Form/Schedule
Description
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
Itemized Deductions
Credit for Taxes Paid to Other States
Net Profit or Loss
Donation Checkoffs
Supplement Income/Loss
Other Available Credits
 

2016 Tax Year Alabama Tax Forms

Alabama state tax forms for previous Tax Years cannot be prepared and e-filed during the current tax season. You will need to print, fill out, and mail the forms to the Alabama Department of Revenue.

Form/Schedule
Description
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
Itemized Deductions
Credit for Taxes Paid to Other States
Net Profit or Loss
Donation Checkoffs
Supplement Income/Loss
Other Available Credits
 

Alabama Tax Facts

AL Income Taxes

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 2019. We will update it when the dates are available.

Sales Tax Holiday
Sales Tax Holiday Items Included
February 2019
  • 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 2019
  • 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 Alabama 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.

Alabama State Tax Agency Contacts

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.

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