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North Dakota taxable sales up 9.2% in 2021

Fargo's taxable sales and purchases were up 18.2% from 2020.

North Dakota taxable sales
North Dakota Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus
John Hageman / Forum News Service
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BISMARCK — North Dakota's taxable sales and purchases rose 9.2% in 2021, according to a report issued May 3, 2022, by Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus.

According to the report, taxable sales and purchases were $20.3 billion in 2021, up $1.7 billion from 2020.

“The more than 9% increase in taxable sales and purchases for the year 2021 demonstrates continued economic recovery and a gradual return to pre-pandemic levels,” Kroshus stated via news release. “After a year of significant decline in 2020, it’s encouraging to see the North Dakota economy regain its footing this past year.”

Of the 15 major industry sectors, 13 reported taxable sales and purchases increases when compared to 2020. The transportation and warehousing sector increased by $67 million (a 43.4% increase); the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector increased by $34 million (a 38.7% increase); and the retail trade sector increased by $916 million (a 12.7% increase).

“The increase in 13 industry sectors is a testament to the strength of our state’s diversified economy,” Kroshus said. “In the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2021, most industry sectors were noticeably increasing, instead of contracting.”


Fargo experienced an 18.2% increase, the biggest increase among the state's largest cities. Grand Forks increased 11.1%; Bismarck rose 9.9%; Minot rose 9.3%; Dickinson rose 15.1%; and Williston was up 1.8%.

The North Dakota Sales and Use Tax Statistical Report can be accessed online at .

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