Tax Commissioner Brian Kroshus today released the 2021 annual and 2021 fourth quarter taxable sales and purchases reports.
2021 Annual Taxable Sales and Purchases
Calendar year 2021 taxable sales and purchases totaled $20.3 billion, a 9.2% increase from $18.6 billion in 2020.
“The more than nine percent increase in taxable sales and purchases for the year 2021 demonstrates continued economic recovery and a gradual return to pre-pandemic levels,” Kroshus stated. “After a year of significant decline in 2020, it’s encouraging to see the North Dakota economy regain its footing this past year.”
Of the 15 major industry sectors, 13 reported taxable sales and purchases increases when compared to 2020. Most notably, the Transportation and Warehousing sector increased by $67 million (a 43.4% increase), the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation sector increased by $34 million (a 38.7% increase), and the Retail Trade sector increased by $916 million (a 12.7% increase).
“The increase in 13 industry sectors is a testament to the strength of our state’s diversified economy,” Kroshus said. “In the second, third, and fourth quarters of 2021, most industry sectors were noticeably increasing, instead of contracting.”
The annual report data is included in the North Dakota Sales and Use Tax Statistical Report. This interactive Power BI report now includes information for the largest 200 cities in North Dakota.
Of the 200 largest cities in North Dakota, the highest percent increases for 2021 (compared to 2020) were:
- Burlington – Increase of 508.5%
- Page – Increase of 103.5%
- Frontier – Increase of 92.6%
- Tower City – Increase of 81.1%
- Reynolds – Increase of 73.4%
North Dakota’s largest cities saw the following increases when compared to the 2020 annual report:
- Fargo – Increase of 18.2%
- Grand Forks – Increase of 11.1%
- Bismarck – Increase of 9.9%
- Minot – Increase of 9.3%
- Dickinson – Increase of 5.1%
- Williston – Increase of 1.8%
Counties with the highest percent increases for 2021 (compared to 2020) were as follows:
- Billings County – Increase of 39.4%
- McIntosh County – Increase of 31.5%
- Barnes County – Increase of 27.7%
- LaMoure County – Increase of 27.5%
- Dickey County – Increase of 22.5%
2021 Fourth Quarter Taxable Sales and Purchases
Taxable sales and purchases for October, November, and December 2021 totaled $5.6 billion, an increase of 13.1% over those same months in 2020.
Of the 50 largest cities in North Dakota, the highest percent increases (compared to the fourth quarter of 2020) were Cando, Stanley, Wishek, Walhalla, and Hillsboro. Counties with the highest percent increases (compared to the fourth quarter of 2020) were Billings, Hettinger, McIntosh, Oliver, and Towner.
Of the 15 major industry sectors, 13 reported taxable sales and purchases increases when compared to the fourth quarter of 2020.
The North Dakota Sales and Use Tax Statistical Report can be accessed online at www.tax.nd.gov/data.