PFD deadline approaching Sunday

The application period for the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend ends Sunday, meaning eligible Alaskans now have less than a week to apply to receive the annual payment this fall.

The deadline for PFD applications is 11:59 p.m. Sunday, March 31, meaning that by the time the clock strikes midnight and Monday begins, the application period will have officially closed.

Permanent Fund Dividend Division offices were closed this Monday to observe Seward’s Day, but they will be open for the rest of the workweek.

Friday is the last day for people to file in-person at one of the Permanent Fund Dividend Division’s offices. Juneau hosts an office, as do Anchorage and Fairbanks. The offices close at 4:30 p.m.

Applications may also be submitted by mail or online. The Permanent Fund Dividend Division’s website includes multiple options by which applicants can apply for the dividend online.

In order to be eligible for a dividend, a prospective applicant must have been an Alaska resident for all of 2012 and “have the intent to remain an Alaska resident indefinitely,” according to the website.

Other requirements include not having been sentenced or incarcerated for a felony conviction during 2012, not claiming residency outside of Alaska for any reason, and not having been out of Alaska for more than 180 days without having an “allowable absence,” such as attending an out-of-state college, serving in the military, or receiving or providing out-of-state medical treatment.

Last year’s Permanent Fund dividend was $878, a sharp decline from previous years.

Permanent Fund dividends were first paid out in 1982.

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