The City of Decatur is referred to as a self-administered jurisdiction because businesses report and remit the various local taxes they have collected directly to us. Businesses register with the city and are assigned an account number and reporting forms for this purpose. Most businesses report and remit the taxes they have collected on a monthly basis, but the frequency of reporting can be different (quarterly, semi-annually, annually, occasional) based on the type of business and the average amount remitted.
For the sake of uniformity, all municipalities in Alabama are required to follow the same rules, regulations, definitions, and procedures as are adopted by the Alabama Department of Revenue for the purposes of collection and administration of sales, use, rental/leasing, or lodgings taxes. This does not apply to the different tax rates as these are established by each municipality.
Click here for a table listing tax types, rates, and due dates.