AS 05.15.010 authorizes the Department of Revenue to issue permits to qualified organizations, and municipalities. The permit gives the qualified organization or municipality the privilege of conducting bingo, raffles and lotteries, pull-tab games, ice classics, rain classics, mushing sweepstakes, fish derbies and contests of skill within the state. Annual permit fees range from $20 to $100, depending on the amount of gross receipts from gaming activities for the previous calendar year.
There is a tax on pull-tab games. The tax rate is 3% of ideal net of a game (ideal gross receipts less ideal prizes equals ideal net). The tax is collected by the pull-tab distributor when the game is sold and is remitted to the state monthly. Alaska levies a 1% fee on net proceeds from gaming activities from the previous calendar year. Permittees with less than $20,000 in gross receipts from gaming activities from the previous calendar year are exempt from the fee.
Pull-tabs may be legally purchased from a licensee listed on the division's Distributor List; Distributors may buy pull-tabs only from a licensed manufacturer listed on the division's Alaska Gaming Manufacturer List. Operators conduct gaming activity on behalf of permittees, and a current list may be found here.
A reminder from the IRS in reference to pull-tab gross sales (refer to I.R.C Sec. 4401 Excise Tax and I.R.C. Sec 4411 Occupational Tax). An additional reference provided by the IRS is Publication 3079 Gaming Publication For Tax-Exempt Organizations. Tribal permittees may want to check IRS Publication 3908 Gaming Tax Law and Bank Secrecy Act Issues For Indian Tribal Governments. These are the links to IRS Forms 11C and 730.
Permittee listings are available by query from this web site. You can search these listings and customize them to view Gaming Permittees and Operators in Alaska. If you have any questions about these listings please contact us.
More information about the gaming program may be found in the Tax Division Annual Report.
Effective on September 10, 2012, a change in AS 05.15.640(a) allows any gaming activity to be promoted on the Internet, in any format. Note that this change pertains only to promotion—advertising. Conduct of any gaming activity online is still illegal.
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