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  Bismarck, ND 58505-0599
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Beth Boustead, Public Information Specialist, 701.328.3039
Tuesday, June 15, 2010

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 2009. The refund is available to farmers, ranchers, industrial contractors, emergency medical services operations and certain Native Americans.

“The refund is one way certain individuals, such as farmers and ranchers, can get some relief from rising gas prices and tightening budgets,” said Fong.

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.

Fong said, “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 which means they don’t cause the wear and tear on the roads like passenger vehicles do.”

State gasoline or gasohol taxes paid on purchases made during 2009 are eligible for the refund. The deadline for applying for the refund is June 30, 2010.

“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.

Farmers and ranchers may receive a refund of 16 cents per gallon, and industrial consumers may request a refund of 22 and one-half cents per gallon for gasoline/gasohol purchased. Gasohol is a mixture of gasoline and ethanol, with the most common mixture of 90 percent gasoline and 10 percent ethanol.

Three different programs, including two agriculture-related programs, will receive a total of seven 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.

If a refund is not requested, the tax will stay in the Highway Distribution Fund.

The refund program provided the agricultural research fund more than $235,000 and APUC received over $119,000 during fiscal year 2009. The Tax Department issued refunds of over $1.13 million dollars for more than 5.9 million gallons of motor fuel during fiscal year 2009. Over 6,400 fuel tax refunds were issued with the average refund over $174.00.

“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.

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 23 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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