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No Alaska state sales tax for now


 Alaska legislators have decided against a state sales tax.

Alaska is in dire need of more revenue — and an ongoing, more stable source of revenue. To help achieve that goal, Governor Bill Walker called a fifth special session of the legislature in July and urged lawmakers to consider the imposition of a statewide 3% sales tax.

On the first day of the special session, lawmakers duly introduced two measures that would do just that. Both were immediately referred to committees. Neither was adopted. Although local sales tax exists in many communities, Alaska will continue without a state sales tax for the foreseeable future.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.