- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 43. Revenue and Taxation
- Chapter 65. Mining License Tax
- Section 10. Mining License.
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AS 43.65.010. Mining License.
- (a) A person prosecuting or attempting to prosecute, or engaging in the business of mining in the state shall obtain a
license from the department. All new mining operations are exempt from the tax levied by this chapter for three and
one-half years after production begins. The tax exemption granted to new mining operations does not extend or apply to
the mining of sand and gravel.
- (b) The Department of Natural Resources shall certify to the department the date upon which production begins, and the
department shall issue a certificate of exemption to the producer accordingly.
- (c) The license tax on mining is as follows: upon the net income of the taxpayer from the property in the state, computed
with allowable depletion, plus royalty received in connection with mining property in the state
over $40,000 and not over $50,000 ...................... 3 percent
over $50,000 and not over $100,000 ................... $1,500 plus
5 percent of the excess over $50,000
over $100,000 ........................................ $4,000 plus
7 percent of the excess over $100,000.
- (d) Where mining operations are conducted in two or more places by one person the operations are considered a single
mining operation and the tax under this chapter is computed upon the aggregate income derived from all the mining
operations. The lessor of a mine operated under a lease is considered to be engaged in mining within this chapter, and
the royalties received by the lessor are considered to be the net income of the lessor's mining operations. If the
lessor receives royalties from more than one mine or mining operation, the tax payable under this chapter by the lessor
is computed upon the aggregate royalties received by the lessor from all the mines or mining operations as though they
were a single mining operation.
- (e) The allowance for depletion included as an allowable deduction from gross income is a percentage of the gross income
from the property during the taxable year, excluding from the gross income an amount equal to the rents or royalties
paid by the taxpayer in respect to the property, as follows:
- (1) coal mines: 10 percent;
- (2) metal mines, fluorspar, flake graphite, vermiculite, beryl, feldspar, mica, talc, lepidolite, spodumene, varite, ball
and sagger clay, or rock asphalt mines and potash mines or deposits: 15 percent; and
- (3) sulphur mines or deposits: 23 percent.
- (f) The allowance for depletion may not exceed 50 percent of the net income of the taxpayer, computed without allowance
for depletion, from the property, except that in no case may the depletion allowable be less than it would be if
computed on a reasonable cost basis.
- (g) Deductions that are not directly attributable to particular properties or processes shall be fairly allocated. To
illustrate: If the taxpayer engages in activities in addition to mineral extraction in the state and to ordinary
treatment processes, deductions for depreciation, taxes, general expenses, and overhead, which cannot be directly
attributed to a specific activity, shall be fairly apportioned between (1) the mineral extraction and ordinary
treatment processes, and (2) the additional activities, taking into account the ratio which the operating expenses
directly attributable to the mineral extraction and ordinary treatment processes bear to the operating expenses
directly attributable to the additional activities. If more than one mineral property is involved, the deductions
apportioned to the mineral extraction and ordinary treatment processes shall, in turn, be fairly apportioned to the
several properties taking into account their relative production.
- (h) Taxes upon royalties shall be paid by the taxpayer receiving the royalties and no deduction, excepting depletion, is
- (i) A license issued under this section must include
- (1) the name and address of the licensee;
- (2) the nature or type of mining activity to be conducted; and
- (3) the year for which the license is issued.
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