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North Dakota Tax Commissioner

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North Dakota Tax Commissioner
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2011-2013 FY Budget:  $39,248,449
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  North Dakota Constitution, Article V, Section 2
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Ryan Rauschenberger
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 1, 2014
Compensation:  $101,010
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The North Dakota Tax Commissioner is an elected executive position in the North Dakota state government.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Ryan Rauschenberger. Rauschenberger has served in this position since January 1, 2014. Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R) appointed Rauschenberger, the deputy tax commissioner since 2009, to serve out the unexpired term of Cory Fong, who resigned on October 1, 2013, effective December 31, 2013. He left office to join Odney Advertising's public affairs division.[1][2] [3]


The state Constitution establishes the office of tax commissioner in Article V, Section 2:

The qualified electors of the state at the times and places of choosing members of the legislative assembly shall choose a governor, lieutenant governor, agriculture commissioner, attorney general, auditor, insurance commissioner, three public service commissioners, secretary of state, superintendent of public instruction, tax commissioner, and treasurer. ...


Article V, Section 4 of the North Dakota Constitution establishes the qualifications to hold the office of tax commissioner:

To be eligible to hold an elective office established by this article, a person must be a qualified elector of this state, must be at least twenty-five years of age on the day of the election, and must have been a resident of this state for the five years preceding election to office. To be eligible to hold the office of governor or lieutenant governor, a person must be at least thirty years old on the day of the election. The attorney general must be licensed to practice law in this state.
  • qualified North Dakota voter
  • at least 25 years old
  • a resident of North Dakota for at least the five preceding years


North Dakota state government organizational chart

The tax commissioner in North Dakota is popularly elected every four years, in midterm election years. For North Dakota, 2014, 2018, and 2022 are all tax commissioner election years. The term of office is four years.

Full History


Article V, Section 8 addresses vacancies in state executive offices. In the event of a vacancy, the governor nominates a successor who must be confirmed by the state senate. Once confirmed, the individual serves the remainder of the unexpired term.


The main responsibility of the tax commissioner is to collect tax revenue that is required by North Dakota law through the administration of said laws. The specific powers and duties of the commissioner are outlined in Chapter57-01-02 of the North Dakota Century Code.


The tax commissioner oversees six different divisions:[4]

  • Commissioner's division
  • Legal division
  • Fiscal management division
  • Income, Sales, and Special taxes division
  • Property and Utility taxes division
  • Operations division

State budget

The budget for the Office of the Tax Commissioner in Fiscal Year 2011-2013 was $39,248,449.[5]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers


In 2013, the North Dakota Tax Commissioner was paid an estimated $101,010. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.[6]


Title 57 of the North Dakota Century Code sets the annual salary of the commissioner at $98,068 through June 30, 2012, and at $101,010 thereafter.[7]

Historical officeholder

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Contact information

Office of the Tax Commissioner
600 E. Boulevard Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58505-0599

Phone: (701) 328-7088 phone
Fax: (701) 328-3700 fax

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