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Notice of Office Closure

The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development offices will be closed to the public on November 23rd and 24th. We will be closed November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday and November 24th is an unpaid furlough day for employees to reduce state expenses.

Office of the State Assessor

Alaska Tax Facts

  • Alaska is the largest of the United States; however, for all its vastness only a small portion of the land mass is subject to a property tax.
  • There are approximately 321 communities in Alaska, many of which still remain unincorporated.
  • There are 164 incorporated municipalities (local governments), 19 of which are incorporated into boroughs (boroughs are a rough equivalent to counties) and the remainder are incorporated as cities. 
  • Of the 19 boroughs in Alaska, only 15 levy a property tax.
  • Only 9 cities located outside of boroughs levy a property tax; therefore, only 24 municipalities in Alaska (either cities or boroughs) levy a property tax.
  • One hundred and seven municipalities (reporting) levy a general sales tax. Sales tax rates range from a low of 1% to a high of 7%.
  • The "typical" sales tax rates within Alaska range from 2%-5%.
  • Other types of local taxes levied are raw fish taxes, hotel/motel "bed" taxes, severance taxes, liquor and tobacco taxes, gaming (pull tabs) taxes and fuel transfer taxes.
  • In 2014, local governments generated approximately $1.66 billion in revenues from property taxes, sales taxes and other taxes. Of that amount, $1.34 billion was from property taxes.
  • Oil & Gas properties, such as the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, contribute a little over $426 million in property taxes to local government.
  • Alaska exempts from property taxes the first $150,000 of assessed value for all senior citizens (65 years of age and over) and disabled veterans (50% or more service connected disability).
  • The average assessed value exempted from taxes for senior citizens and disabled veterans is $137,355 which equated to a tax exemption of $1,855 for 2014.  
  • In 2014, the total full value for all municipalities was $108.6 billion (including TAPS).  For 2014 the statewide population was 736,399, which means that the per-capita full value was $147,519.
  • The average per-capita property tax paid in all municipalities, excluding oil and gas properties, was $1,435.
  • There is no statewide sales tax levied.
  • There is no personal state income tax.