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North Dakota Basic Business Taxes 2012

North Dakota's economic development, finance, and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. Specific programs include corporate income taxes, research and experimental tax credits, and seed capital investment credits.

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Sales, Use and Gross Receipts Tax:
The general sales and use tax rate in North Dakota is 5 percent. Special rates include 7 percent gross receipts tax on alcohol, 3 percent gross receipts tax on new farm machinery and new farm irrigation equipment and 3 percent sales tax on new mobile homes. In addition, many cities and a few counties impose a local option sales, use and gross receipts tax which is administered by the state. For additional information on state and local taxes, including general exemptions to the taxes, please refer to the Office of State Tax Commissioner website.

North Dakota offers exemptions from sales and use tax for:
• Construction materials used to build an agricultural commodity processing facility,
• Computers and telecommunications equipment purchased as an integral part of a new or expanding primary sector business,
• Building materials, production equipment and other tangible personal property used in the construction or expansion of certain coal-powered or wind-powered electrical generating facilities as well as gas processing facilities and oil refineries.
• Tangible personal property used to construct or expand a system to compress, process, or gather gas recovered from an oil or gas well in North Dakota may also qualify for an exemption. In addition, purchases of machinery, equipment, and related facilities for environmental upgrades that exceed $100,000 and that reduce emissions, increase efficiency, or enhance reliability of equipment may qualify for an exemption.
• Machinery or equipment used primarily for manufacturing, agricultural processing or used solely for recycling in a new or expanding plant,
• Tangible personal property used to construct or expand a telecommunications service infrastructure if incorporated into a service infrastructure owned by a telecommunications company (granted through December 31, 2012),
• Carbon dioxide used for enhanced recovery of oil or natural gas, and
• Hydrogen used to power an internal combustion engine or fuel and equipment used directly and exclusively in the production and storage of this hydrogen by a hydrogen generation facility.

Property tax:
Any and all property reasonably necessary for use by companies in the operation and conduct of their business is subject to property taxation. Property is assessed at 50 percent of true and full value in the local taxing district where it is situated. Taxable value is 10 percent of the assessed value for commercial property, agricultural property, and centrally assessed property; and nine percent for residential property; and 1.5 percent for wind turbine units for which a purchased power agreement was executed between April 30, 2005 and January 1, 2006, and construction was begun between April 30, 2005, and July 1, 2006, and for a centrally assessed wind turbine electric generation unit of 100 kilowatts or more on which construction is completed after June 30, 2006, and before January 1, 2011. Taxable value is three percent for all other units on which construction is completed before January 1, 2011. Taxable value is multiplied by the local mill rate to determine the tax.

Renaissance Zones:
Businesses and individuals may qualify for one or more tax incentives for purchasing, leasing, or making improvements to real property located in a North Dakota renaissance zone. A renaissance zone is a designated area within a city that is approved by the Department of Commerce Division of Community Services. The tax incentives consist of a variety of state income and financial institution tax exemptions and credits, and local property tax exemptions.

Angel Fund Investment Credit:
An individual, estate, trust, or corporation is allowed an income tax credit for investing in an angel fund certified by the Department of Commerce Division of Economic Development and Finance.

The credit is equal to 45 percent of the investment, up to a maximum credit of $45,000 per year. An unused credit may be carried forward up to four tax years. A taxpayer claiming this credit may not claim an income tax credit passed through to the taxpayer by the angel fund resulting from the angel fund's investment in a qualified business for purposes of the seed capital or agricultural commodity processing facility investment tax credit programs.

Property tax abatement:
The governing board of a city or county may grant a partial or complete abatement from property taxation for up to five years for a new or expanding business' building facilities.

A municipality may grant partial or complete exemptions from property taxation of unoccupied buildings, structures, and improvements constructed and owned by a local development corporation for the purpose of attracting new business to the state. A project that produces or manufactures a product from agricultural commodities in North Dakota can receive ten years of complete property tax exemptions. A project located in property leased from a government entity qualifies for an exemption for up to five additional years upon annual application by the project operator.

In addition to or instead of an exemption, local governments and any project operator may negotiate payments in lieu of property tax for a period of up to 20 years from the date project operations begin.

Personal property tax:
North Dakota does not tax personal property except for property of utility companies and that of certain oil and gas refineries and utilities. Personal property includes equipment, inventory, materials and supplies, and accounts receivable.

Additional jobs credit:
North Dakota allows a credit to corporations that hire developmentally disabled or chronically mentally ill persons equal to 5 percent of the first $6,000 in wages paid during the first 12 months of employment.

Energy and fuel conservation measures:
Machinery and equipment installed as part of wind, solar, or geothermal energy systems; as part of systems used to produce mechanical power or electricity; or as part of storage systems for any of these energy sources are exempt from property tax for five years following installation. An income tax credit is available for 3 percent of the acquisition and installation costs of the energy device. Only the land upon which a coal conversion facility is located is subject to property tax. In lieu of the property tax, the coal conversion facility is subject to the coal conversion tax.

North Dakota State Contact:
North Dakota Dept. of Commerce
Division of Economic Development and Finance
P.O. Box 2057
Bismarck, ND 58502-2057
(701) 328-5300
Fax: (701) 328-5320

Incentive and tax information is provided to Area Development by each state's economic development or commerce agency for information purposes only and is subject to revision at any time by the state government. Please contact the state agency directly for full requirements and offerings.