State Sales Tax Rates

State Sales Tax Rates Alabama State Sales Tax 2016

Alabama Sales Tax 2016
Alabama State Sales Tax for 2016 Maximum Municipal Sales Tax



What is the Alabama Sales Tax?

The Alabama state sales tax is 4.000%, with a maximum possible sales tax (including local and municipal sales taxes) of 10.50%.

Local governments in Alabama are allowed to add a local sales tax of up to 7.000 percent on top of the AL state sales tax for all qualifying sales in their jurisdiction - in practice, the actual sales tax paid on any purchase in Alabama can be up to 10.5% depending on location.

Alabama is one of the only states that does not exempt food from state and local sales taxes, and including local sales tax can levy a sales tax of up to 12% depending on location.

What sales are exempt from the Alabama Sales Tax?

Many states set special sales tax rates for certain types of goods like groceries or clothes, and may completely exempt certain transactions from state and local sales taxes. Alabama, however, does not exempt any purchases from state or local sales taxes.

Alabama does not have special sales tax rates for certain types of purchase, a common practice in many states for goods such as food and clothing.While many other states also collect a special (and often higher) sales tax on prepared and restaraunt food, Alabama does not have a specific restaraunt sales tax.

Generally, the Alabama sales tax is collected only from the end consumer, or the end user of the product. Customers buying products in bulk, as a business-to-business transaction, or buying with the intent to resell do not have to pay the Alabama sales tax if they provide the seller with a Alabama Sales Tax Exemption Certificate at the time of purchase. Most states will accept the Uniform Sales and Use Tax Certificate for this purpose, which is available from the Multistate Tax Commission here.

Internet Sales Tax, or tax on purchases made over the internet, is currently a gray area in many states' tax codes. While most states can collect sales tax on internet purchases made within the state (the vendor and consumer are both located in Alabama), taxation of interstate internet transactions is much more complicated.

Currently New York, Rhode Island, North Carolina, Colorado, and Illinois have some form of online sales tax that also handles interstate transactions. For details on how Alabama handles taxation of online sales, read more about online sales taxes in the United States.


[1] Table of state sales taxes on Wikipedia

[2] Alabama Sales Tax Handbook 2016

[3] Table of state sales, use, and excise taxes by The Tax Foundation

[4] State level taxation resources on,,id=99021,00.html