Week of Sept. 24, 2012

  • Published: September 24, 2012
  • HB 120 – Just the facts
    There’s considerable confusion around the state about recent changes to property tax exemptions for the low-income elderly and disabled. ACCA members advocated for the changes, which were designed to make the exemptions uniform and to correct an inequity created by an old attorney general’s opinion. Here’s a fact sheet on HB 120 that explains how the law had worked and what changed. The changes go into effect for the 2013 tax year. If you have further questions about this legislation, please call the ACCA office at 334-263-7594.

    Payroll audit time for workers’ compensation members
    Members of the ACCA Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurers’ Fund should have received a letter from ACCA last week announcing the next round of payroll audits. The next thing to watch for is a mailing direct from the auditor, which is scheduled to go out by the end of the month. If you have any questions, contact Henry van Arcken.

    Working on reform
    ACCA staff members will meet Tuesday with a subcommittee looking at changes to the constitutional provisions on the enactment of local laws in Alabama as well as the relationship between the Legislature and Alabama counties. The committee, part of the Alabama Constitutional Revision Commission, is expected to make its report in time for legislation to be introduced during the 2013 regular session.

    Don’t forget the printing costs
    The special election last week was a “special” state election and, as such, the state of Alabama is responsible for reimbursing counties for all eligible election costs. A 2011 amendment added to the eligible expenses the costs of “publication” necessary for the election. Counties are encouraged to include the publication and printing costs in their reimbursement submittals.

    Tax-exempt fuel
    The long-discussed change in the collection point for gasoline and diesel fuel in Alabama takes effect on Oct. 1.This change requires that county governments, which are exempt from the payment of the tax, utilize a new exemption procedure. Here’s a presentation from the Department of Revenue explaining what the changes mean for exempt entities like counties.