00 CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 236(FIN)
01 "An Act imposing a limited tax on wages and on net earnings from self-employment;
02 relating to the administration and enforcement of that tax; and providing for an
03 effective date."
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
05 * Section 1. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section
06 to read:
07 SHORT TITLE. This Act may be known as the Alaska Education Tax Act.
08 * Sec. 2. AS 43.10.042(a) is amended to read:
09 (a) A lien imposed under AS 43.10.010 - 43.10.060 is not valid as against a
10 mortgagee or other lien holder, pledgee, purchaser, or judgment creditor until notice of
11 it is recorded in the records of the recording district where the property subject to the
12 lien is situated. However, regardless of the date the liens are recorded, a lien arising
13 out of a tax due under AS 43.45, AS 43.56, and AS 43.75 [AS 43.56 AND 43.75],
14 including the penalties and interest on the tax, is a lien prior, paramount, and superior
01 to all other liens, mortgages, hypothecations, conveyances, and assignments, upon all
02 the real and personal property of the person liable for the tax, and upon all the real and
03 personal property used with the permission of the owner to carry on the business that
04 is subject to the tax.
05 * Sec. 3. AS 43 is amended by adding a new chapter to read:
06 Chapter 45. Education Tax.
07 Sec. 43.45.011. Tax imposed. (a) There is imposed a tax, not to exceed a
08 combined total of $100 a calendar year, on wages and net earnings from self-
09 employment in excess of $600.
10 (b) The rate of the tax is 10 percent.
11 (c) The tax imposed under this section does not apply to wages and net
12 earnings exempt from the tax under federal law.
13 Sec. 43.45.021. Collection of tax by employer. (a) An employer shall
14 deduct and withhold 10 percent of an employee's wages subject to withholding under
15 26 U.S.C. 3401 - 3406 on the first regular payroll of the calendar year and from
16 subsequent payrolls until the tax due under this chapter is fully withheld.
17 (b) An employer is liable for the tax required to be withheld from an employee
18 unless the employer can demonstrate that the employer relied on proof provided by the
19 employee that the total tax for the calendar year imposed under AS 43.45.011 had
20 already been withheld under this section or paid under AS 43.45.031. A deduction of
21 the tax may not be made from the wages of an individual who provides proof to the
22 employer that the entire tax imposed under AS 43.45.011 on that individual for the
23 calendar year has already been withheld or paid under AS 43.45.031.
24 (c) Tax withheld by an employer becomes due and shall be paid by an
25 employer to the department in accordance with regulations adopted by the department.
26 (d) An employer shall maintain a record of the amount deducted from the
27 wages of each employee and shall furnish an annual statement of the deductions to
28 each employee and to the department in accordance with regulations adopted by the
30 (e) The Department of Revenue may, if it will result in cost savings for the
31 state in the administration of the tax, for employers in the administration of the tax, or
01 for both, to the extent practicable, coordinate collection and reporting of the tax
02 imposed in this chapter with the collection and reporting of employment security
03 contributions by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, including
04 permitting the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to collect the tax
05 payments and remit them to the Department of Revenue.
06 (f) The department may by regulation provide for an incentive to an employer
07 or a self-employed individual for electronically filing returns and making payments or
08 for other use of technology or filing methodologies to improve the efficiency of tax
09 administration. Regulations adopted under this subsection must
10 (1) establish the duration, level, nature, and value of the incentive; the
11 value of an incentive established under this subsection may not exceed $300 for each
12 return, application, filing, or payment; and
13 (2) require that the incentive be available only if the return,
14 application, filing, or payment is filed timely with the department under this chapter.
15 Sec. 43.45.026. Employer security. (a) If the department determines that an
16 employer has been delinquent in remitting the tax imposed under AS 43.45.011 in
17 accordance with regulations adopted by the department, the department may require
18 the employer to deposit and keep on deposit with the department a sum equal to the
19 tax required to be withheld by the employer during the 12 months immediately
20 preceding the determination of delinquency under this subsection by the department.
21 If the employer was not required to withhold tax during the full 12 months
22 immediately preceding the determination of delinquency, the department may require
23 a deposit equal to the employer's estimated liability for a 12-month period based on
24 the actual liability for the period during which the employer was required to withhold
26 (b) The department may accept a bond or other security equal in value to the
27 deposit required under (a) of this section in lieu of the deposit required under (a) of
28 this section.
29 (c) The provision of a deposit, bond, or other security under this section does
30 not relieve the employer from any other obligation under this title.
31 (d) The department may apply all or part of the deposit, bond, or other security
01 to payment of the tax imposed under AS 43.45.011, and to any interest and penalties
02 imposed under AS 43.45.021.
03 (e) The deposit, bond, or other security provided under this section is exempt
04 from process, attachment, garnishment, or execution unless otherwise provided by
06 (f) The department shall return the deposit, bond, or other security to the
07 employer if the employer is timely in filing and remitting the tax under AS 43.45.021
08 for a period of 24 consecutive months.
09 (g) If an employer ceases to be subject to AS 43.45.021, the department shall,
10 after 12 months have elapsed and all liabilities of the employer to the department
11 under this chapter have been satisfied, refund to the employer any remaining deposit,
12 and cancel any bond or other security accepted by the department under this section.
13 Sec. 43.45.031. Payment of tax by self-employed individual. A self-
14 employed individual shall remit to the department 10 percent of the individual's net
15 earnings from self-employment in accordance with regulations adopted by the
16 department until the entire tax has been paid.
17 Sec. 43.45.041. Refund of overpayments. (a) If an individual pays to the
18 department, directly or through withholding, an amount exceeding the total tax
19 imposed under this chapter during a calendar year and the individual applies for a
20 refund in accordance with regulations adopted by the department, the department shall
21 refund the overpayment to the individual.
22 (b) Interest on an overpayment may not be allowed under AS 43.05.280 if the
23 department refunds the overpayment within 90 days after the date the individual
24 correctly files the refund claim.
25 (c) The Department of Revenue may adopt regulations to coordinate refunds
26 of overpayments under this section with refunds of employment security contributions
27 under AS 23.20.165.
28 (d) An individual may apply for a refund under this section only during the
29 calendar year immediately following the calendar year in which the excess was paid.
30 Sec. 43.45.051. Report of payments to self-employed individuals. A person
31 required to report a payment to a self-employed individual to the federal government
01 under 26 U.S.C. shall also report that payment to the department in accordance with
02 regulations adopted by the department.
03 Sec. 43.45.061. Disposition of tax proceeds. (a) The tax collected by the
04 department under AS 43.45.021 shall be deposited into the general fund and accounted
05 for separately.
06 (b) The legislature may appropriate the estimated amounts to be collected and
07 separately accounted for under (a) of this section for education.
08 (c) The deposit required and appropriation authorized by this section are not
09 intended to create a dedication in violation of art. IX, sec. 7, Constitution of the State
10 of Alaska.
11 Sec. 43.45.099. Definitions. In this chapter,
12 (1) "employee" has the meaning given in 26 U.S.C. 3401;
13 (2) "employer" has the meaning given in 26 U.S.C. 3401;
14 (3) "net earnings from self-employment" has the meaning given in 26
15 U.S.C. 1402;
16 (4) "wages" has the meaning given in 26 U.S.C. 3401.
17 * Sec. 4. The uncodified law of the State of Alaska is amended by adding a new section to
19 REGULATIONS. Notwithstanding sec. 6 of this Act, the Department of Revenue
20 may proceed to adopt regulations to implement sec. 3 of this Act. The regulations take effect
21 under AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act), but not before the effective date of sec. 3 of
22 this Act.
23 * Sec. 5. Section 4 of this Act takes effect immediately under AS 01.10.070(c).
24 * Sec. 6. Except as provided in sec. 5 of this Act, this Act takes effect January 1, 2005.