State of Alaska Helpful Links

Tax Forms  & Registrations

Registrations are available in the Clerk’s Office as well as online. Below are forms frequently requested:

New/Reopen Business Registration Application

Quarterly Tax Return Form

Sales Tax Exemption Record

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Bids & RFP’s

The City of Thorne Bay’s City Clerk’s Office posts Requests for Proposals and Bids on construction projects, and other projects within the City of Thorne Bay. On other occasions, Public Works Department or other departments may put out a request for proposal as well.

 


Job Opportunities

The City of Thorne Bay hires temporary workers and contracted employees on occasion for short-term or temporary work. This link will redirect you to the Jobs site where these opportunities will be posted.

Doing Business in the City of Thorne Bay

The City of Thorne Bay welcomes and encourages new business activity as well as supporting our current businesses. The Clerk’s Office staff are available to serve you Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Friday’s from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (with the exception of recognized holidays) at City Hall, 120 Freeman Drive, Thorne Bay, Alaska.

Teri Feibel
City Clerk/Treasurer
City of Thorne Bay
cityclerk@thornebay-ak.gov
(907) 828-3380


 Collecting and Filing Sales Tax

Every sale which is made within the City of Thorne Bay, unless explicitly exempted by Thorne Bay Municipal Code Chapter 3.17.100, or subsequent ordinance, shall be presumed to be subject to the city sales tax of 6% imposed. In the specific instances where the tenant is occupying space in a USDA Forest Service owned building or land, it is the tenant’s obligation to pay the sales tax directly to the City, unless the landlord is willing to voluntarily receive the tax payment and remit to the city. The Landlord shall be responsible for all delinquent or unpaid sales taxes incurred by their tenants.

This requires by law any person or business to register with the City of Thorne Bay City Clerk’s office before making sales, rendering services, or providing rentals within city limits.

Please Note: The City of Thorne Bay also enacts a 4% transient room tax, to be collected and remitted by persons or business conducting sale.


Business Licenses & Permits

In addition to registering your business with the City of Thorne Bay to collect and remit taxes, a business license issued by the State of Alaska is required and may be obtained online at https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/businesslicensing.aspx

Additional forms are available here.

Exempt Sales

All sales made within the City of Thorne Bay are considered taxable unless specifically exempted. All possible exemptions from collection of sales tax are listed in Thorne Bay Municipal Code 3.17.100.

Common exemptions include:

    • Wholesale Registered businesses who do not wish to pay sales tax on items purchased for resale must complete a Resale Exemption Application and submit to the City Clerk’s Office. This card must be presented to the retailer and the item wishing to be tax exempt must fall under the category listed on the card in order to qualify for tax exemption. The retailer must maintain this number in their records to justify their exemptions on the sales tax return.
    • Government agencies are tax exempt from paying sales and bed tax.
    • Gross receipts from sales, services and rentals to any nonprofit organization or nonprofit institution if such organization or institution is organized exclusively for religious, educational, or charitable purposes, and if such organization or institution has obtained a certificate of exemption from the City of Thorne Bay.
    • Non-profit organizations Are only exempted from paying sales tax on services rendered if they apply for, and receive an exempt certificate from the City of Thorne Bay City Clerks office. 
    • Separately, 501(c)3 non-profits are exempt from paying sales tax if they do not hold regular business hours and do not have any paid employees.
  • These organizations however are not exempt from paying sales tax on purchases, rents, or services rendered to them. This includes churches.
    • Tax Cap for Sales Tax Exemption is only to be charged on the first $7,500.00 of a single sale or billing unit, (i.e., if you sold a piece of equipment or service for $14,000.00, you would only charge tax on the first $7,500.00). 3.17.100 (w).

This link has been organized to assist businesses, however, it does not include all of the resources that may be available to you.

Other Topics:

Bids & RFP’s

The City of Thorne Bay’s City Clerk’s Office posts Requests for Proposals and Bids on construction projects, and other projects within the City of Thorne Bay. On other occasions, Public Works Department or other departments may put out a request for proposal as well

Job Opportunities

The City of Thorne Bay hires temporary workers and contracted employees on occasion for short-term or temporary work. This link will redirect you to the Jobs site where these opportunities will be posted.

DOING BUSINESS:

Business Registration Application TNB 11-18

Thorne Bay Municipal Code, Chapter 3.17 – City Sales Tax

Bids & RFPs