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Alabama legislature establishes independent tax tribunal

Hank Hutchinson and Courtney Williams, both members of Capell & Howard’s Taxation Section, joined several other Alabama tax lawyers in assisting with drafting Act No. 2014-146, known as the “Alabama Taxpayer Fairness Act.”  The Act, which was recently signed into law by Governor Robert Bentley and becomes effective on October 1, 2014, establishes an independent tax tribunal for appeals of tax assessments and provides additional procedural protections for Alabama taxpayers.  The Act abolishes the current Administrative Law Division of the Alabama Department of Revenue and replaces that department with the newly-formed Alabama Tax Tribunal, an independent state agency.  Alabama was one of only a handful of states that lacked an independent tribunal for tax appeals.