Shared Services from the Alaska Municipal League

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Sales Tax Collection Services: for Local Governments

Revenue without the hassle

AML’s Sales Tax Collection Service (STCS) is intended to help your community administer sales tax collection by reducing your staff time and increasing compliance.

Participation Benefits

  • No required changes to local sales tax code
  • Collection for all local sales taxes including alcohol tax, bed tax, car rental tax, marijuana tax
  • Continuity of community’s filing frequency guidelines
  • City staff can focus on other duties
  • Online filing platform accessible to businesses 24-7
  • Increased sales tax collection compliance which results in increased sales tax revenue
  • Online filing platform requires payment in full, ensuring full collection
  • Businesses can still send in physical returns and payments through the mail
  • City staff have access to online filing portal to view administrative reports 24-7

Community will

  • Send a list of active registered businesses to STCS
  • Confirm late filing fee, interest, and penalty rates and rules
  • Confirm local exemption certificate rules and procedures

Our Staff Will

  • Set up accounts for each registered business in online filing portal
  • Send an initial letter to each registered businesses notifying them of the city’s participation in the STCS.
  • Provide businesses with online filing portal login information
  • Track all account balances and follow up with business as appropriate
  • Administer business licenses and renewals
  • Administer exemption certificates
  • Once a month, send the community sales tax remittance and a report for all tax filings
  • Notify and pursue delinquent filers
  • Provide sales tax expertise to assist city staff with sales tax related questions

Program Pricing

Participation in the STCS program requires a one-time implementation fee of $4,000.  The city is also charged a 2.5% fee on all revenues processed through the online portal.

The $4,000 implementation fee covers:

  • Customized online sales tax return within the filing portal
  • Customized online business registration (or business license) form and certificate within the filing portal
  • Programming of the city’s existing tax rate(s), exemption categories, late fees, penalties, interest and early filing compensation

The 2.5% fee covers:

  • AML administrative fee of 0.5%
  • Ongoing portal processing and support fee of 2.0%