Applications for state fuel tax refund due July 1

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The North Dakota State Capitol. Forum News Service file photo

North Dakota residents have until July 1 to apply for a refund on state fuel taxes on 2018 gasoline purchases used for ranching, farming and industrial activities.

Fuel purchased for farming and ranching qualifies for a refund of 23 cents per gallon of gasoline, and industrial consumers can request a refund of 22.5 cents per gallon.

Purchases of gasohol, a mixture of gasoline and ethanol, also qualify for a refund.

“State taxes collected on motor fuels are intended to go toward highway maintenance,” Ryan Rauschenberger, North Dakota's tax commissioner, said. “However, the taxes paid by industrial consumers, farmers and ranchers is refundable because construction equipment, tractors and combines generally don’t run on public highways.”

Fuel used for emergency medical services qualify for a motor fuel tax refund of 23 cents per gallon of gasoline and 8 cents per gallon of aviation fuel.


The typical deadline for applying for a refund is June 30, but it was pushed back to July 1 because June 30 falls on a Sunday this year.

Consumers received $184,296 in refunds for nearly 800,000 gallons of fuel purchased in 2017. Unclaimed refunds stay in the Highway Distribution Fund.

The Agricultural Products Utilization Commission, which provides grants to help develop new uses of North Dakota agricultural products, receives ½ cent per gallon based on the refund requests.

Taxpayers can visit the state tax commissioner’s website at or call the Motor Fuels Taxes Section at (701) 328-3126 for more information on the motor fuel tax refund.

Ryan Rauschenberger
Ryan Rauschenberger

Ryan Rauschenberger
Ryan Rauschenberger

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