Procrastinators listen up, the deadline to apply for your 2018 Permanent Fund Dividend is coming this weekend.

Alaskans who have been a resident of the state for at least one calendar year have until Saturday, March 31 to file. However, if you're planning to speak to someone in person, the deadline for walk-ins is Friday, March 30.

 
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As of 11 a.m. on Thursday, the Division's website said 515,179 people have applied.

According to an email sent by division operations manager Anne Weske on Thursday, they are right on schedule as far as filing goes. 

"As of this morning, we are 10,000 ahead of last year’s numbers on this day," Weske wrote. "We were a bit surprised as we were running behind on applications received until about 10 days ago."

She said they anticipate within 2,000 applications total of what was received last year, which calculated to 672,243 valid applicants.

Weske's biggest tip to filers is to do it now and do it electronically -- even if you're a first-time filer. Other paperwork like submitting a signature can wait until next week. 

"Currently our lobbies are FULL of people trying to submit paperwork," she wrote. "We are desperately asking Alaskans to leave the lobbies for those who need a person to actually help them fill out their application.  Next week, the offices screech to a halt with public contact, and it’s a great time to swing by to turn in anything outside of an application."

To file electronically, visit the Division's website for directions. 

If you need to speak to someone in person or over the phone, you can do so at the following Dividend Information Offices:

Anchorage 

  • 655 F Street
         Anchorage, AK 99501
    Phone: (907) 269-0370
    Fax: (907) 269-0384

Fairbanks

  • 2nd Ave. Suite 100
         Fairbanks, AK 99701
    Phone: (907) 451-2820
    Fax: (907) 451-5142510

Juneau

  • 333 Willoughby Avenue
         Juneau, AK 99811-0461
    Phone: (907) 465-2326
    Fax: (907) 465-3470

Office hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Other things to note according to the Division's website:

  • Signature pages are not due by March 31, although they should be provided as soon as possible. 
  • Office locations in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau are open until 4 p.m. to accept timely paper applications Monday through Friday -- except holidays. 
  • Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than March 31 to be considered. 
  • Each year, the dividend is calculated based on the number of eligible Alaskan applicants in a dividend year and half of the statutory net income averaged over the five most recent fiscal years.
  • The application filing period runs from January 1 through March 31 each year.

According to the Division, "Annually, the dividend amount is calculated and announced mid-September based on an estimated number of applicants. An estimate is used because, as of the dividend calculation date, eligibility determinations have not been completed for all applications. A number of these applications will be determined as payable after continued processing."

The application filing period runs from January 1 through March 31.

Last year, Alaska residents received $1,100.

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