Senate Gives Final Approval to Jefferson County Occupational Tax

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Senate gives final approval to a bill that will allow Jefferson County officials to levy a .45 percent occupational tax.

The measure will take effect as soon as Gov. Bob Riley signs it into law.

The bill would immediately allow the Jefferson County Commission, until Jan. 1,2010, to collect the county's current occupational tax of 0.5 percent of the salaries of many people who work in the county.

Doctors, lawyers and others who pay license fees to the county or state will be exempt from paying the tax until next year.

After January 1,2010, the Jefferson County Commission will impose a new occupational tax of .45 percent on everyone who works in Jefferson County. The bill passed today for the new occupational tax does NOT exempt doctors and others as the old tax had.

The bill says the new tax would start phasing out Oct. 1, 2012, and would end on Oct. 1, 2016, unless county voters in a referendum in June 2012 voted to authorize the county to keep collecting the occupational tax at the 0.45-percent rate.