Taxpayers in Alabama are often surprised to learn that the Alabama Department of Revenue is generally more aggressive than the IRS when collecting tax debt. While the IRS has adopted a Taxpayer Bill of Rights that includes the right to expect the tax system to consider the facts and circumstances that might affect a taxpayers ability to pay (i.e. uncollectible status), there is no similar relief available for taxes owed to the State of Alabama.
So what can an Alabama taxpayer do if they find themselves owing taxes that they are unable to pay? Your best alternative is to request a written payment agreement in order to prevent a garnishment or a levy of bank accounts.
While the State of Alabama has no formal Installment Agreement program, 40-2A-4(b) of the Code of Alabama authorizes the ADOR to enter into a written payment agreement when it will facilitate the collection of the tax liability and is in the best interest of the Department. The agreement is limited to a time frame not to exceed twelve months, and will have a balloon payment at the end if the taxpayer is unable pay the balance in full within the twelve month period.
It should be noted that taxpayers have no rights to a payment agreement. The ADOR has sole discretion in determining whether a payment agreement will be granted, and if granted a tax lien will be filed to protect the state's interest.
Taxpayers should request an installment by filing form C:41/E after receiving a final assessment from the Collection Service Division.
If you or someone you know is having an Alabama Income Tax issue, please feel free to contact me at either 251-621-1474, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are conveniently located in Daphne, AL.
811 Daphne Ave, Ste B
Daphne, AL 36526
Ph. (251) 621-1474