MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Today, the Alabama Senate passed HB479, a bill that would define “food” for the purposes of sales and use taxes and begin reducing state sales and use taxes on food on September 1, 2023.   Senator Andrew Jones (R-Centre) carried the bill in the Alabama Senate and sponsored by Representative Danny Garrett (R-Trussville) in the House of Representatives.

With the expected reduction rates of taxes on groceries, Alabamians will experience less stress when it comes to affording food and feeding their families,” states Senator Jones. “I am proud of the Senate Republicans for working to pass this legislation efficiently.” 

The Alabama Senate Republicans fought for this conservative bill that passed out of the Finance and Taxation Education Committee on May 31 and was approved by the Senate body on June 1. This bill has now passed both the Senate and House of Representatives and awaits signature from Governor Kay Ivey.

“Attempting to find ways to save our taxpayers money is a constant priority for my colleagues in the Alabama Legislature and this tax reduction on grocery sales is a primary example of our efforts,” stated Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Reed. Our hard-working men and women of this state deserve a legislature that consistently works for the betterment of its people.”

HB479 is estimated to save the average Alabama family $300 per year. Senator Jones and the Alabama Senate Republicans are grateful for the ability to push this legislation through and help hard-working Alabamians save money.