North Dakota Taxable Sales and Purchases Down in 2016

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The state tax commissioner says North Dakotans spent significantly less money in 2016 than the year prior.

North Dakota Taxable Sales and Purchases (2016)

2016: $17.3 billion

2015: $22.9 billion

Tax commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger reports taxable sales and purchases in 2016 totaled 17.3 billion – down 24 percent from 2015, but a comparable number to 2011.

He says the tax department expected the decline due to a downturn in the oil and ag industries.

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Industries Had Increase (2016)

2016: $6.1 billion

2015: $3.5 billion

The only industry with an increase in sales and purchases was the arts, entertainment and recreation sector.

Counties with the highest percent increases in 2016 were Sioux County, Mercer County, McHenry County and Towner County.

You can learn more about taxable sales and purchases in the state, or other tax-related matters by going to

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