ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TARGETS HUNTING LODGES, PRESERVES
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- A new rule proposed by the Alabama Department of Revenue (ADOR) is targeting hunting lodges, preserves and plantations open to the public as a new source of tax revenue.
Several Federation members who provide hunting services on their farms recently received letters from the ADOR instructing them to register with the department for the purposes of paying lodging, sales and amusement taxes.
According to Federation Wildlife Director Steve Guy, a recent opinion from the State Attorney General's office indicated that such operations are responsible for such taxes.
"However, it is disturbing to me that fishing operations, which were included in the initial rule, were not included in the most recent version of the rule," Guy said. "It's obvious that hunting operations are singled out."
Guy said the Federation's State Wildlife Committee and the Alabama Outfitters Association (an affiliate of the Federation) both oppose the new rule.
Guy said the ADOR held a public hearing earlier this year, but ADOR officials have agreed to restart the rule-making process. A new hearing will be Oct. 6, 10 a.m., on the fourth floor of the Gordon Persons Building in Montgomery.
"Another disturbing part of the new rule is a requirement for collection of full state sales tax on equipment, feed, seed, fertilizer and other supplies used to prepare food plots or that are used in any hunting activity," Guy said.
Guy said Federation members should contact their state representatives and senators asking them to stop the new rule.
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