MONTGOMERY—Business Council of Alabama President and CEO William J. Canary issued the following statement after the Senate passed HB105, the Alabama Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights II:
“Alabama taxpayers finally can claim victory with today’s passage of TBOR II. For years, the Business Council of Alabama has been working on behalf of Alabama taxpayers to pass this commonsense legislation that levels the playing field in the tax appeals process by separating the tax adjudicator from the tax collector.
“Since the beginning, the singular goal of this legislation has been fairness, and the BCA commends the Alabama Legislature for updating the current TBOR. Now, no one loses just for showing up.”
TBOR II has been a BCA priority for several years, as a majority of states have adopted some form of the independent tax appeals model, with Alabama being among the last. Others in the Alabama business community have joined forces with the BCA in support of the legislation under the banner of the Business Associations’ Tax Coalition (BATC), which includes 27-member business and trade associations. Attempts to pass this legislation stretch back to the late 1990s. Over the years, the legislation has not been enacted for various reasons, including anti-business leanings of previous legislatures, misunderstandings, erroneous conclusions, apathy concerning the bill, and even simple bad luck.
The Business Council of Alabama is Alabama’s foremost voice for business. The BCA is a non-partisan statewide business association representing the interests and concerns of nearly one million working Alabamians through its member companies and its partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama. BCA is Alabama’s exclusive affiliate to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 27, 2014
Contact: Nancy Wall Hewston (334) 834-6000