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Alabama Senate passes bill to prevent taxing Alabamians for COVID benefits

The bill would prevent an additional $87.7 million in taxes for those who received expanded tax credits in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Alabama Senate on Thursday passed legislation that would prevent ​​levying an additional  $87.7 million in state income taxes on Alabamians for benefitting from expanded tax credits included in federal COVID relief.

State law doesn’t exclude COVID-related federal tax benefits from income that the state can tax. SB152, sponsored by Senator Dan Roberts, R-Mountain Brook, would ensure Alabamians would not have to pay additional taxes on credits they received in 2021. 

“This benefits Alabamians across the board,” Roberts said on the Senate floor Thursday. 

The $87.7 million belongs to the people of Alabama, and not the state government, Roberts said in a statement Thursday. 

“This was truly a bipartisan effort, and I want to sincerely thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their diligent work, fighting to ensure these families will not be imposed by this nonsensical tax,” 

State Rep. Jim Carns, R-Vestavia Hills, is sponsoring the House’s version of the tax credit bill.

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.



Once the COVID public health emergency ends, millions will have to reapply for Medicaid or find coverage elsewhere.


It has already accrued a number of lawsuits challenging its legality since its passage during the 2022 legislative session.


More than 270 bills passed by the House and Senate were enacted during the 2022 legislative session.


The pandemic made evident the many gaps in Alabama’s healthcare system and it’s time for us to fix those gaps now.