State Announces Major Tax Amnesty Program

On January 15, 2009, Governor Bob Riley and Revenue Commissioner Tim Russell jointly announced "Operation Clean Slate", a temporary amnesty program that waives penalties and criminal prosecution for delinquent Alabama taxpayers who voluntarily file returns and pay their back taxes. The amnesty period began on February 1, and extends through May 15. During that time, anyone who has not filed a required Alabama individual or corporate income tax return, or a Business Privilege tax return, may file the return, pay the required tax, and not be liable for any penalties or any criminal prosecution for failure to file. The benefits of the program are not available to taxpayers who have already been contacted by the Department of Revenue about their unpaid taxes.

According to the announcement, the state plans to bring online a new $26 million computer system on May 15 which will "increase the Department's ability to identify those who are not paying taxes or are under-reporting the taxes they owe." Governor Riley warns that those who are not paying what they owe are breaking the law, and "The likelihood that they will get caught is about to increase tremendously."

Taxpayers who want to take advantage of the Operation Clean Slate protection should send their amended or delinquent returns to Alabama Department of Revenue, P.O. Box 327010, Montgomery, Alabama 36132-7010. If you have questions about the program, you can send an e-mail to cleanslate@revenue.alabama.gov, or call (334)242-7150.

This page last updated 2/22/09

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