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Rental Vehicle Tax

Anchorage Municipal Code (AMC) Chapter 12.45 authorizes the collection of an 8% sales tax on the rental of motor vehicles.  AMC 12.45 provides for a maximum tax to be collected per rental transaction.  Generally speaking, the maximum tax for passenger cars is $120.00 ($1,500.00 of taxable fees and costs) while the maximum tax for trucks, vans and motorhomes is $240.00 ($3,000.00 of taxable fees and costs).

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AMC Chapter 12.45 and Anchorage Ordinances

AMC 12.45 (hyperlink)  Note: The revisor of Ordinances publishes updates approximately three times per year. Ordinances passed since the last update are listed on the page opened by clicking the link above for AMC 12.45. Ordinances may also be found on the Anchorage Assembly's web page. To use the code, please click on the + to the left of Title 12 Taxation, then click on Chapter 12.45 Rental Tax on Rental of Motor Vehicles.


On April 22, 2014, the Anchorage Assembly approved and adopted Anchorage Ordinance (AO) 2014-42 as amended, amending Anchorage Municipal Code (AMC) Title 8, Penal Code. The amended Title 8 became effective June 22, 2014 and it contains a new section - AMC 8.15.060, Theft by failure to make required disposition of funds held or received. The following are sections of AMC Title 8 that are relevant to a person who collects rental vehicle taxes under AMC chapter 12.45.

8.15.060 Theft by failure to make required disposition of funds held or received (.pdf)

8.15.010 Theft defined; penalties (.pdf)

You can read the entire updated Title 8 as amended by AO 2014-42 by navigating to this link (hyperlink).

Proposed Draft Anchorage Ordinance (AO)

Treasury Division plans to introduce an ordinance to the Assembly in the coming months and wants to give you an opportunity to provide feedback for consideration. Please use this opportunity to provide us feedback no later than Aug. 15, 2013. After the industry comment period, we will make further adjustments to the draft ordinance and then forward it to MOA Law Department for final review before introducing it to the Assembly this fall. Once introduced by the Assembly, a date will be scheduled for the public hearing. 

For emails or faxes reference “ATTN: Self-Reported Taxes” in the subject line.

  • FAX written feedback to (907) 343-6677
  • E-mail written feedback to

Mail written feedback to:

  • Municipality of Anchorage
    Treasury Division Self-Reported Taxes
    P.O. Box 196650
    Anchorage, AK 99519

In your communications, please list the section (e.g. 12.45.050D), page number and line number(s).

Application, Tax Return Form and Related Materials

Fleet Management Issues


    • Info #2 Commissions and Collection Agency Fees (.pdf)
    • Info #3 “Fees & Costs” Includes Charges for the “Right to
        Operate” a Motor Vehicle (.pdf)
    • Info #4 US Government Travel Cards (.pdf)
    • Info #5 Political Subdivisions of the State of Alaska (.pdf)
    • Info #6 Entities Exempt by Act of Congress (.pdf)
    • Info #7 Implementation of the Rental Tax on Retail Rental of
        Motor Vehicles (.pdf)
    • Info #8 Reporting Billing Adjustments and Correction of
        Accounting Errors (.pdf)
    • Info #9 Tax on Long-Term Motor Vehicle Contracts (.pdf)
    • Info #10 State of Alaska Credit Cards (.pdf)
    • Info #12 Tax Treatment of a Loaner or Courtesy Vehicle Provided by a Dealer or Repair Shop (.pdf)
    • Info #13 On-line Marketplace Rental Vehicle Exchanges and Personal Vehicle Sharing Programs (.pdf)
    • New!  Tools To Be Timely (.pdf)

    Notices to Visitors

    Credit Cards of Various Alaska School Districts and Alaska Local Governments

    Treasury will issue a letter of determination to an Alaska school district or an Alaska local government entity after it has provided sufficient documentation to demonstrate that the entity's credit card qualifies as a direct payment pursuant to the definition of "paid direct" in AMC 12.45.010.  The letter of determination will note that the rental(s) paid for with the specified credit card qualify for tax-exempt treatment.  The representative of an Alaska school district or local government should provide a copy of this letter of determination to the rental vehicle agency when requesting tax-exempt status.

    Alaska school districts and Alaska local government entities should contact Treasury if they wish to obtain a letter of determination.

    Miscellaneous Lists and Reports

      • Treasury
      • Municipal Treasurer : Daniel Moore
      • 632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 330, Anchorage, AK 99501
      • 907 343-6663