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Governor Palin Unveils Oil Tax Valuation System
Calls for October Special Session in Juneau


September 05, 2007
Wednesday AM

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin unveiled Tuesday a new oil and gas tax plan. The proposal comes after an extensive evaluation of the current Petroleum Profits Tax by the Department of Revenue. That evaluation showed the state is expected to receive $800 million less for the current fiscal year than would have been expected under the actual PPT documentation presented by the prior administration.

Click on the arrow to listen to the full comments of Governor Sarah Palin and Revenue Commissioner Patrick Galvin announcing a new oil tax plan and the location of the special session.

The new plan, called Alaska's Clear and Equitable Share, or ACES, is a hybrid of a gross and net tax system. It includes a minimum 10 percent tax based on gross receipts for the North Slope's legacy fields with a 25 percent net tax to encourage new development and reinvestment in existing infrastructure. ACES also allows for tax credits on future work. It restricts capital expense deductions to scheduled maintenance and implements strong audit and information sharing provisions.

"In case there is any question on where we stand, let me be clear - PPT doesn't work as promised," said Governor Palin. "There are those who would say we should do nothing and that we should continue the PPT experiment. Doing nothing is not an option. This clearer, equitable plan fulfills our state constitution mandate that says I'm to develop our resources for the maximum benefit of all Alaskans."

Governor Palin also announced the Special Session will be held in Juneau and urged lawmakers to hold oil tax committee hearings and public testimony in Anchorage and Fairbanks. The Special Session is slated to begin October 18, 2007.

"I am pleased that Speaker Harris has pledged that the House will work with us to hold hearings on the road system," Governor Palin said.


On the Web:

Dept. of Revenue ACES Documentation - Full Graphics Version (PDF, 6.34mb)

Source of News:

Office of the Governor

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