Abatements 

ABATEMENTS 

 

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TAX INCENTIVE REFORM ACT OF 1992 ABATEMENTS

Code of Alabama, 1975, Chapter 9B 

Alabama law gives cities, counties, and public industrial authorities the ability to abate the following:    

  • State sales and use taxes;   
  • Non-educational county and city sales and use taxes;   
  • Non-educational state, county, and city property taxes - up to 10 years;   
  • Mortgage and recording taxes. 

   
To receive an abatement for any or all of these taxes, a project must meet certain qualifications and follow certain procedures, as determined by law and regulation.  

STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS FOR ABATEMENTS

Business Activity Requirement:  

Industrial or Research Enterprise - Any trade or business in the 2007 North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS), promulgated by the Executive Office of the President of the United States, Office of Management and Budget as:

  • Sectors 31 (except National Industry 311811), 32, and 33 (manufacturing); 
  • Subsector 423 and 424 (merchant wholesalers, goods);
  • 511 (publishing industries (except internet))
  • 927 (space research and technology);
  • Industry Group 5417 (scientific research and development services);
  • 5415 (computer systems design and related services);  
  • 5182 (data processing, hosting, and related services);
  • Industry 11331 (logging);
  • 48691 (pipeline transportation of refined petroleum products)
  • National Industry 115111 (cotton ginning);
  • 517110 (wired telecommunications carriers);
  • 541380 ( testing laboratories);
  • 561422 (in bound call centers only); or

Any process or treatment facility which recycles, reclaims, or converts materials, which include solids, liquids, or gases, to a reusable product.

  • Headquarters facilities as defined in NAICS 551114;
  • Data processing centers (where at least 50 new jobs are created);
  • Renewable energy facilities;
  • Research & development facilities;
  • Projects owned by utilities that produce electricity from alternative energy resources;
  • Projects owned by utilities that produce electricity from hydropower production.
  • Subsector 493 (warehousing and storage), Industry Number 488310 (port and harbor operations), or Industry Number 488320 (marine cargo handling), when such trade or business is conducted on premises in which the Alabama State Port Authority has an ownership and are used as part of the operations of the Alabama State Port Authority.
  • Any underground natural gas storage facility which is located in the Gulf Opportunity Zone, developed from existing geologic reservoirs  

 CAPITAL INVESTMENT REQUIREMENT

New Projects:  There is no threshold or limiting investment amount for a new abatement project with the exception of projects owned by utilities producing electricity. 

  • Projects owned by utilities which produce electricity from alternative energy resources must have capital costs of at least $100,000,000;
  • Projects which produce electricity from hydropower production must have capital costs of at least $5,000,000.  

Major Addition:   The additional capital investment by an industry that is expanding their current facilities in Alabama must equal the lesser of:

30% of the original cost of the currently existing industrial property (sum total of the original facilities and equipment or any expansions or additions prior to the current addition), or $2,000,000  

BROWNFIELD DEVELOPMENT TAX ABATEMENTS SUMMARY

The Brownfield Development Tax Abatement Act (Chapter 9C, Title 40, Code of Alabama 1975) gives cities and counties the ability to abate the following:   

  • Non-educational city and county sales and use taxes;   
  • Non-educational state, city and county property taxes – up to 20 years;   
  • Mortgage and recording taxes

To receive an abatement for any or all of these taxes, a business must meet certain qualifications and follow certain procedures, as determined by law and regulation.

STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS FOR BROWNFIELD ABATEMENTS

The property must be in the Alabama Department of Environmental Management’s voluntary cleanup program to qualify for Brownfield abatements.

CAPITAL INVESTMENT REQUIREMENT

New Company:  There is no threshold or limiting investment amount for new Brownfield abatement project. The total amount of the capital investment by a company that is locating in Alabama is eligible for the tax abatements.

Major Addition:  The additional capital investment by a company that is expanding their current facilities on Brownfield development property must equal the lesser of: 30 percent of the original cost of the property as remediated or $2,000,000.



Questions regarding tax abatements should be directed to:

Abatement Program Administrator
Office of the Commissioner
Alabama Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 327001
Montgomery, AL 36132-7001
Telephone: 334-242-1175