Alabama Business Taxes for LLCs
There are a wide variety of business taxes that your Alabama LLC will need to pay. These include tax that’s payable to the Alabama government, like Alabama sales taxes and Alabama state tax. You will also need to pay federal, self-employment and possibly payroll tax to the IRS.
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How Your Alabama LLC Will Be Taxed
The profits of an Alabama LLC are not taxed at the business level like those of C Corporations. Instead, taxes for an Alabama LLC work as follows:
Alabama LLC owners pay self-employment tax on business profits.
All LLC owners pay federal income tax on any profits less federal allowances or deductions.
Some LLCs pay Alabama sales tax on products.
Employers pay payroll tax on any salaries they pay to employees.
Employees pay federal, state and payroll tax on their earnings.
Items 1, 2 are taxed as “pass-through” income for any LLC owners, managers or members who receive profits from the business. Any profits are reported on federal and Alabama personal tax returns, and that’s where you will pay those taxes.
Alabama Taxes Payable to the Department of Revenue
There are two main types of tax that you will pay to the Alabama Department of Revenue: Alabama state income tax and Alabama state sales tax.
Alabama State Income Tax Payable on LLC Earnings
As an Alabama business owner, you will need to pay AL state tax on any money you pay to yourself. These earnings flow through to your personal tax return, which is where you will pay Alabama income tax. You will be taxed at the standard rates for Alabama state taxes, and you will also get to apply regular allowances and deductions.
Any salaried employees will also need to pay personal Alabama state taxes.
The Alabama state tax rates vary between 2 and 5 percent, depending on taxable income.
Alabama Sales Taxes on LLC Sales
If you sell physical products or certain types of services, you may need to collect sales tax (also known as sales and use tax) and then pay it to the AL Department of Revenue. Alabama sales tax is collected at the point of purchase. Alabama sales tax rates do vary depending on the region, county or city where you are located.
You will typically need to collect Alabama sales tax on:
- Tangible, personal property and goods that you sell like furniture, cars, electronics, appliances, books, raw materials, etc.
- Certain services that your Alabama business might provide
Most states do not levy sales tax on goods that are considered necessities, like food, medications, clothing or gas.
Get details on the Alabama sales tax here.
Sales Tax Rates for Your Alabama LLC
Sales tax rates do vary between states, counties and cities. Typically, the state will set a base sales tax rate, then specific counties and cities may levy small additional sales tax amounts on top of that.
Federal Taxes for Your Alabama LLC
There are a couple different federal taxes that every LLC will need to pay, including Alabama LLCs. These are self-employment tax and federal income tax, which are taxed as “pass-through” income via your tax return forms.
Alabama LLC Federal Self-Employment Tax
All Alabama LLC business members or managers who take profits out of the LLC will need to pay self-employment tax. This tax is also known as FICA, Social Security or Medicare tax. It applies to all the earnings you withdraw from your Alabama business. The current self-employment tax rate is 15.3 percent.
You will be able to deduct your business expenses from your income when working out how much self-employment tax you owe. Here are some examples of how much self-employment tax you may need to pay, depending on your earnings:
- On profits of $20,000, you would pay self-employment tax of $3,060.
- On profits of $40,000, you would pay self-employment tax of $6,120.
- On profits of $80,000, you would pay self-employment tax of $12,240.
- On profits of $100,000, you would pay self-employment tax of $15,300.
Pay Less Self-Employment Tax by Treating Your Alabama LLC as an S Corporation
The Internal Revenue Service allows LLCs to ask to be treated as an S Corporation for tax purposes. This can help you reduce the amount of self-employment tax that you pay by declaring some of your income as salary and other income as distributions or withdrawals.
You can do this by making an “S Corporation Tax Election” with the IRS using a form known as Form 2553. We can file your Form 2553 with the IRS on your behalf.Incfile Form 2553 S Corporation Tax Election for an LLC Service
Speak to your accountant for more information on reducing your Alabama LLC self-employment tax through an S Corporation tax election.
Alabama LLC Federal Income Tax
You must also pay regular federal income tax on any earnings you take out of your Alabama LLC. The amount of income tax you pay depends on your earnings, current income tax brackets, deductions and how you file.
You only pay federal income tax on your Alabama LLC profits that you take out of the business, less certain deductions and allowances. This includes your tax-free amount, plus LLC business expenses and other deductions for areas such as healthcare and some retirement plans. Speak to your accountant for more information.
Employee and Employer Taxes for Your Alabama LLC
If you pay employees, there are some slightly different tax implications. Speak to your accountant to get clear guidance for your own unique situation.
All employers must collect and withhold payroll tax from their employees when they receive their salaries. You would normally withhold 7.65 percent of the taxable salary that you pay to your employees.
You may also choose to withhold federal income tax on the wages you pay to employees. Speak to your accountant for more information.
Regardless of whether you withhold federal tax, your employees may need to file their own tax returns.
You may also need to pay insurance for any employees, like employee compensation insurance or unemployment tax. There will also be other requirements you have for employees.
Get more requirements from the Alabama Department of Labor and Workforce Development website.
Depending on the industry you are in, your Alabama LLC may be liable for certain other taxes and duties. For example, if you sell gasoline you may need to pay a tax on any fuel you sell. Likewise, if you import or export goods you may need to pay certain duties. Speak to your accountant about any other taxes you may need to withhold or pay.
Most Alabama LLCs will need to pay estimated taxes throughout the year, depending on the amount of income and profit you expect to make.
- Federal income tax
- Federal self-employment tax
- Alabama state tax
Most Alabama LLCs will pay estimated taxes four times a year. Speak to your accountant for more information.
FAQs on Alabama LLC Business Taxes
Yes. Alabama does have a sales tax, which may vary among cities and counties. You can find more information above.
Yes. Alabama does have a general state income tax. You can find more information above.
Yes. In most cases you must pay estimated taxes on your Alabama tax, federal income tax and self-employment tax. Speak to your accountant for more information.