Baldwin County recently passed legislation that requires personal property tax returns to be filed electronically. This goes into effect on or after October 1, 2014. This applies to any business with leasing personal property; any business with personal property assets of $10,000 or more; and any business personal property prepared or filed by a third-party (including any professional or tax preparer). For good cause, the commissioner can grant a temporary exemption.
In light of Alabama’s recent state legislation, we anticipated to see counties move toward electronically filed returns. Baldwin County is the first we know of to officially adopt new legislation for e-filing in 2014 in Alabama; it will be interesting to see if other counties file suit before October.
To read the legislation, visit http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/acas/searchableinstruments/2014RS/Printfiles/HB540-eng.pdf.