Are R&D Tax Credits Available in Alaska?

No. While companies located in Alaska may qualify for the Federal Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit, Alaska no longer offers the credit at the state level at this time. However, Alaska provides a state tax credit equal to eighteen percent (18%) of a company's federal-based credits, which includes the research and development tax credit. This credit provides a dollar-for-dollar offset against Alaska tax liabilities. See IRC § 38 for a complete list of federal-based credits eligible for the state credit. Here is a summary of the credit:

  • If the taxpayer is taxable both inside and outside Alaska, the credit is calculated by apportioning the federal credits generated
  • A taxpayer may not apply credits attributable to Alaska against Alaska alternative minimum tax or other taxes
  • Unused federal-based credits may be carried back & forward as provided under the Internal Revenue Code (1 year up to 20 years, respectively).
  • To claim the credit, a company must file Alaska Form 6390Alaska Federal-based Credits along with its state tax return.

Alaska R&D Tax Credit Case Study

An Anchorage company designs and manufactures components for the oil & gas industry. The company claims Federal R&D credits each year for the development activities of its engineers. This project involved a multi-year study.

The Company qualified for the federal R&D Tax Credit of $330,000 and an additional $59,010 of state R&D Tax Credit in Alaska.

Year  Total QREs Credit Federal Credits Alaska Credit
2021 $1,300,000 $130,000 $130,000 $23,400
2020 $900,000 $90,000 $90,000 $16,200
2019 $650,000 $65,000 $65,000 $11,700
2018 $450,000 $45,000 $45,000 $8,100
Total  $3,300,000 $330,000 $330,000 $59,400


What are the Potential Benefits of this Tax Credit?

There are several benefits to realizing the R&D tax credit. These benefits can include the following:

  • Receive up to 12-16 cents of federal and state R&D tax credits for every qualified dollar
  • Create a dollar-for-dollar reduction in your federal and state income tax liability
  • Increase earnings-per-share
  • Reduce your effective tax rate
  • Improve cash flow
  • Carry forward the credit up to 20 years
  • Perform look back studies to recognize unclaimed credits for open tax years (generally 3 or 4 years)
  • Utilize the federal R&D tax credit against payroll tax (applicable to certain startup companies)

Get More Information About the R&D Tax Credit

The R&D Tax Credit, first enacted in 1981, has been one of the most valuable credits leveraged by companies. Every year, the R&D credit yields billions of dollars in federal and state benefits to companies engaged in qualifying research. This credit provides much-needed cash to hire additional employees, increase R&D, expand facilities, and more. Thousands of companies take advantage of the credit across several industries. » Learn More