Taxable sales way up for ND in 2018

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger says 2018 was a very good year for taxable sales and purchases.

He says in figures released Tuesday that the total reached more than $20 billion, which is a twelve and a half percent increase over 2017.

Fourteen of 15 major industry sectors had increases, with the information sector the only thing to go down.

Williston's sales were up 26 percent and surpassed Bismarck, which went down two percent, to become the second highest taxable sales city.

But the overall picture was encouraging.

Among counties, the highest percent increase from 2017 had Montrail and McKenzie very close, McKenzie taking second place at 43.29 percent. When it came to cities, the top four in the percentage increase out of the 200 largest cities in the state included Alexander, which had a 69.79 percent increase from 2017.

"That really cuts across all the sectors as the bedrock and good indicator showing we have confidence that our base will continue to grow into the future," said Rauschenberger.

The small towns of Parshall, Sheyenne, and Dunn Center all had increases of more than 100 percent.

For more details from the report, you can find it on, go to the "Forms/Publications" tab and click on the "2018 Annual" under "Sales & Use Tax Statistical Reports".