Alabama (AL) IFTA Fuel Tax

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What is considered a qualified motor vehicle for IFTA in Alabama?

Alabama considers a qualified motor vehicle as one that is designed, used, or maintained for the transportation of persons or property that have:

  • Two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms; or
  • Having three or more axles regardless of weight; or used in combination, when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds, or 11,797 kilograms gross vehicle or registered gross vehicle weight.

Alabama does not include recreational vehicles in the IFTA tax unless they are used in conjunction with any business endeavor. Recreational vehicles include motor homes, pickup trucks with attached campers and buses when used exclusively for personal pleasure by an individual.


How do I apply for an IFTA license in Alabama?

The IFTA application form for the state of Alabama is the MV:IFTA-1. This form can be found at the Alabama website: www.revenue.alabama.gov/motorvehicle


What does Alabama charge for IFTA Decals?

Alabama charges $17 fee for each set of IFTA decals. Each qualified vehicle requires its own separate IFTA decal.


Am I required to file a quarterly fuel tax report in Alabama if I didn't run during a particular quarter?

Yes, Alabama still requires you to submit a "zero" report even if no fuel or IFTA mileage was traveled in that quarter.


What is the penalty and interest rate for filing a late quarterly fuel tax report in Alabama?

Similar to most states, Alabama charges a penalty of $50 or 10% of the net tax liability, whichever is greater. Interest is computed on all delinquent taxes due for each jurisdiction at a rate of .4167% per month. Even if you have a net refund, interest still applies to each jurisdiction for any underpayment of fuels use tax to that jurisdiction and is calculated beginning the day after the due date of the return for each month, or fraction of a month, until paid.


How do I obtain an IFTA return for the state of Alabama?

You can easily file your IFTA Quarterly Return for the state of Alabama at ExpressIFTA.


Where can I get more information regarding Alabama's IFTA regulations and conditions?

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