(a) In lieu of any other privilege license fees levied under the revenue laws of the State of Alabama, each person who holds a certificate as a certified public accountant and who is a resident of the State of Alabama and who is engaged in the practice of public accounting in the State of Alabama shall pay an annual license fee of $25, but no license fee shall be paid to the county. Such license shall be obtained from the probate judge or licensing agency in the county where the business of a certified public accountant is located and shall be due and delinquent as provided by Section 40-12-26. All money paid into the treasury for license under this section shall be deposited in the State Treasury to the credit of the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy and shall constitute a separate fund to be disbursed as provided in subsection (b) of this section.
(b) The fund provided by subsection (a) of this section shall be used by the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy to defray the expenses for administering and enforcing the laws of the State of Alabama pertaining to the practice of public accounting and the other necessary purposes and expenses of said board not otherwise available and provided pursuant to Section 34-1-3; and the said Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy shall have the power to direct the disbursement of said fund, which shall be paid on the warranty of the state Comptroller upon certificate or voucher of the secretary of said board, approved by the chairman or vice-chairman of said board. No funds shall be withdrawn or expended except as budgeted and allotted according to the provisions of Article 4 of Chapter 4 of Title 41, and only in amounts as stipulated in the general appropriations bill.
(c) No license fee as herein provided shall be due or payable by any certified public accountant employed by any state or federal government agency, educational institution, or industry, who does not perform public accounting service for which he is paid.