Welcome to the Alaska Remote Sales Tax Information Portal

This site provides information for:

  • Local Governments in Alaska about the Commission process
  • Businesses needing to register and remit
  • Businesses needing the tax lookup information for rates and exemptions
  • ARSSTC Sellers 2021.04.05

 

Collection for the jurisdictions below must start on their listed effective dates.

General Retail Sales Tax

  • City & Borough of Juneau (Effective 2.3.2020)
  • City of Wasilla (Effective 2.24.2020)
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough (Effective 2.24.2020)
  • City of Kenai (Effective 2.24.2020)
  • City of Seldovia (Effective 2.24.2020)
  • City of Homer (Effective 2.24.2020)
  • City of Soldotna (Effective 2.24.2020)
  • City of Seward (Effective 2.24.2020)
  • City & Borough of Wrangell (Effective 3.1.2020)
  • City of Nome (Effective 3.9.2020)
  • City & Borough of Haines (Effective 3.10.2020)
  • City of Adak (Effective 3.17.2020)
  • City of Palmer (Effective 3.24.2020)
  • City of Cordova (Effective 4.1.2020)
  • Petersburg Borough (Effective 4.6.2020)
  • City of Gustavus (Effective 4.13.2020)
  • City of Kodiak (Effective 4.18.2020)
  • City of Unalaska (Effective 4.28.2020)

Alcoholic Beverage Sales Tax

  • Municipality of Anchorage (Effective 2.01.2021)
  • City of Craig (Effective 2.01.2021)
  • City & Borough Juneau (Effective 2.01.2021)
  • City of North Pole (Effective 4.01.2021)
  • City of Bethel (Effective 5.01.2021)
  • City of Dillingham (Effective 5.01.2021)

General Retail Sales Tax

  • City & Borough of Sitka (Effective 4.29.2020)
  • City of Dillingham (Effective 5.8.2020)
  • City & Borough of Yakutat (Effective 5.11.2020)
  • City of Craig (Effective 5.21.2020)
  • City of Tenakee Springs (Effective 5.28.2020)
  • City of Mountain Village (Effective 6.9.2020)
  • City of Saint Paul (Effective 6.11.2020)
  • City of Togiak (Effective 6.24.2020)
  • City of Toksook Bay (Effective 6.28.2020)
  • Ketchikan Gateway Borough (Effective 7.20.2020)
  • City of Thorne Bay (Effective 7.21.2020)
  • City of Bethel (Effective 8.1.2020)
  • City of Houston (Effective 8.13.2020)
  • City of Ketchikan (Effective 8.20.2020)
  • City of Saxman (Effective 10.01.2020)
  • City of North Pole (Effective 4.01.2021)
  • City of Aleknagik (Effective 5.01.2021)

View Commission members currently working to adopt the code                                            

In the News - 2020

Kenai Sees Returns from Remote Sales Tax
Peninsula Clarion, December 22, 2020

Online Sales Tax Helps Remote Communities Balance 2020’s Lost Local Taxes
KFSK, December 18, 2020

City Online Sales Tax Update: So Far, So Good
KMXT, December 11, 2020

Sales Tax on Outside Purchases Projected to Raise up to $10 Million for Alaska Towns
Anchorage Daily News/Associated Press, December 1, 2020

Alaska Online Sales Tax Offers a ‘Tiny Bright Spot’ of Revenue from Some Local Communities
KTVF, November 28, 2020

Wasilla Reports Online Sales Tax Revenues
Frontiersman, September 21, 2020

Home Rule Jurisdictions Make Their Move
Bloomberg Tax, August 21, 2020

Borough Attorney Talks Remote Sales Tax
Ketchikan Daily News, July 11, 2020

Sitka Wants Piece of Internet Sales Tax Revenue
KINY, May 1, 2020

Establishing an Economic Nexus in Alaska
Sales Tax and More, March 18, 2020

Petersburg Assembly Advances Online Sales Tax Code
KFSK, March 5, 2020

City Closer to Implementing Online Sales Tax
Kodiak Daily Mirror, March 4, 2020

Wasilla Passes Remote Seller Sales Tax Code
Frontiersman, February 25, 2020

Remote Sales Tax Could Give Local Businesses a Leg Up
KHNS, February 22, 2020

Kenai Readies for Online Sales Tax Collection
KDLL, February 20, 2020

More Taxes for Unalaska’s Online Shoppers
Bristol Bay Times-Dutch Harbor Fisherman, February 8, 2020

Remote Sales Tax Collection
Legislative Lunch and Learn, February 7, 2020
Sponsored by Senator Kiehl

Online Retailers to Collect and Pay City of Nome Sales Tax
The Nome Nugget, February 7, 2020

Online Sales Net More Than $70,000 in 2019
Chilkat Valley News, January 30, 2020

Bethel Joins Alaska Remote Sales Tax Commission in Order to Collect Online Sales Tax
KYUK, January 29, 2020

Alaska’s Local Governments Work to Address Remote Sales Tax
Anchorage Daily News, January 28, 2020

Borough Works to Make Clear Tax Applies to Online Sales
The Skagway News, January 14, 2020

 

In the News - 2018

Municipalities May Try to Collect Online Sales Tax Revenue
Alaska Journal of Commerce, July 24, 2018

Benefits to Alaskans

  • Protects residents outside boundaries – right now Alaska hasn’t set up any rules of the road when it comes to remote commerce, and without a tax look-up map, Alaska residents maybe getting taxed where they aren’t supposed to.
  • Consistent with activities in majority of U.S. – this puts Alaska on track with the activities of other states that are benefiting from this opportunity.
  • Simplifies validation of exemptions, and access for remote sellers – single point of entry and delivery for exemption certificates.
  • These aren’t new taxes – these are taxes that local residents are already paying, collected by local businesses, but not collected by remote retailers

 

Benefits to Alaskan Businesses

  • Levels the playing field for local businesses – Increases local purchase potential by ensuring that local retailers aren’t penalized for collecting a tax they are required to.
  • Keeps tax rates stable – instead of increasing taxes.
  • Maintains current local exemptions – necessary for local control.
  • On par with other States – businesses across the U.S. are complying, so Alaska is expecting similar compliance by those businesses that make sales into or within Alaska. 
  • Strengthens local governments – greater capacity within local governments leads to greater efficiencies.
  • Local taxpayers, local budgets – residents help shape annual budgets, informed by economic development.

How will local Governments benefit?

  • Municipalities will maintain their taxing authority
  • Municipalities will maintain their tax rate and exemptions
  • Delegating administration to AML avoids any additional or duplicative costs
  • Municipalities can decide to participate or not, it’s voluntary
  • Levels the playing field for local business – increases local economic activity
  • Increased revenue for education, public safety, roads and public works
  • Increases ability to respond to State cost-shifting or cuts
  • Replaces revenue eroded with the decrease to Community Assistance over the years

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