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  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beth Boustead, Public Information Officer, 701.328.3039
Monday, June 15, 2009

FONG: Fuel Tax Refund Deadline is June 30

BISMARCK, N.D. – Tax Commissioner Cory Fong announced today that June 30 is the last day eligible consumers may apply for a refund of the state fuel taxes they paid on gasoline/gasohol purchased during 2008. The refund is available to farmers, ranchers, industrial contractors, emergency medical services operations and certain Native Americans.

Fong said, “The refund offers eligible consumers, such as farmers and ranchers, some relief as they deal with rising gas prices and tightening budgets.”

State law provides for the motor vehicle fuel tax refund for certain consumers, such as farmers and ranchers, using fuel in agricultural machinery and equipment. The refund is for state gasoline or gasohol taxes paid on purchases made during 2008. The deadline for applying for the refund is June 30, 2009.

Farmers and ranchers may receive a refund of 15 cents per gallon, and industrial consumers may request a refund of 21 and one-half cents per gallon for gasoline/gasohol purchased.

“When consumers fill their gas tanks, the price they pay includes the state gas tax, which is intended to go toward the cost of highway maintenance,” said Fong. “The state offers to refund part of the taxes paid by industrial consumers, farmers, and ranchers because their construction equipment, tractors, and combines generally don't run on highways so they do not produce the wear and tear on the roads like passenger vehicles.”

Four different programs, including two agriculture-related programs, will receive a total of eight cents per gallon based on the refunds requested by agricultural producers.

  • Four cents goes to the agriculture research fund created by the 1997 Legislature.
  • The Agricultural Products Utilization Commission (APUC) receives two cents.
  • One cent is provided to the state ethanol production incentive fund.
  • And one cent remains in the township highway fund.

If a refund is not requested, one cent per gallon will stay with the Township Highway Aid Fund and the remaining tax will stay in the Highway Distribution Fund.

“The gas tax refund is an important program and we want to be sure that eligible consumers don’t miss the deadline to apply for it,” said Fong.

The refund program provided the agricultural research fund more than $260,000 and APUC received over $131,000 during fiscal year 2008. The Tax Department issued refunds of over $1.15 million dollars for more than 7.3 million gallons of motor fuel during fiscal year 2008. Over 5,900 fuel tax refunds were issued with the average refund over $193.00.

Native American consumers who are enrolled members of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa may request a refund of 23 cents per gallon for gasoline or non-dyed diesel purchased on their reservation. Purchases by members of the Three Affiliated Tribes, Standing Rock Sioux, and Spirit Lake Tribes are not eligible because they pay a tribal tax.

Emergency medical services operations may request a refund of 22 cents per gallon for gas or non-dyed diesel and 8 cents per gallon of aviation fuel.

For more information on the motor fuel tax refund, visit the Tax Department’s web site at www.nd.gov/tax/or call the Motor Fuels Taxes Section, at 701.328.3126.

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