JUNEAU - Alaskans can usher in the New Year by applying for their Permanent Fund Dividend online.
Those wishing to apply on New Year's Day can do so as early as 12:01 a.m.
The state's Revenue Department has been encouraging online applications the last few years.
Those who do so in January and qualify for direct deposit will receive their dividends in early October.
Others receiving paper checks will be paid in November.
This year, nearly every Alaskan was paid a $3,269 dividend, a record share of the state's oil wealth combined with a special cash payout of $1,200 to offset high energy costs.
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