Heflin City Council votes to establish tax form to protect revenue from wine sales
by Laura Camper
Nov 26, 2013 | 2434 views |  0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After almost missing out on some wine tax dollars, the Heflin City Council Tuesday approved a wine tax form for vendors to make sure it gets paid from now on.

In September, the city became aware that it was owed nearly $2,000 in wine tax money from two vendors. Alabama Crown and United-Johnson Brothers were mistakenly sending their wine tax collections to Cleburne County, said City Clerk Shane Smith. The companies corrected the mistake, but Smith created the form for wholesalers to prevent any future confusion.

The companies will use the form to pay the tax on any wine they have sold in the city each month. The form will be due by the 20th of the month, Smith told the council members. The tax form is similar to one that tobacco vendors are already using, he added.

“We were not keeping good track of our wine vendors, and I want to make sure that we’re sending this form out so we get monthly bills,” Smith said.

When a store receives a shipment of liquor, it has to pay the wholesaler up front, Smith said, then, the wholesaler pays a 7 cent per liter tax to the local government.

Keeping good track of the vendors is even more important now that new ones are coming into the city, he added.

With Smith Farms opening its store this month, there are six new companies delivering in the city, Smith said.

In other business the council members:

— Changed the second council meeting in December from Dec. 24 to Dec. 17.

— Scheduled a public hearing for two requested zoning changes – rezoning the Harris House on Ross Street from residential to business and rezoning a 7 acre parcel at Bedwell and Osborn Streets to allow it to be subdivided into single family residential lots. The hearing will be at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 10.

Staff writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.

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