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3/29/2013
It’s time

If on your to-do list are such things as “prepare taxes,” “wash windows” and “file for Permanent Fund,” it’s time to move that last item to the top spot.

The deadline for Alaska residents to apply for the 2013 Permanent Fund Dividend is Sunday, but the state Department of Revenue says that those who wait until then to file will need to do so online, because it won’t be possible to get a Sunday postmark.

The online application process is easy and now can be done even on iPads and iPhones. The application works on most browsers, but if you have questions, you can test your browser with a tool on the home page at www.pfd.alaska.gov. Online applications must be filed not by, but before, midnight Sunday. A postmark of April 1 will be counted as late, and the application will be denied.

The signed application isn’t complete until you’ve received a confirmation number from the Permanent Fund Division, so don’t think you’re done when you hit “send.” Allow plenty of time for slow browsers, lots of people filing at once, and so on, as well as time to get that confirmation.

Missing the deadline means an application is denied.

That’s a big deal, one that will be felt keenly on Oct. 3, when many other eligible Alaskans are finding an infusion of money in their bank accounts. The amount of the 2013 dividend isn’t known yet; that will be announced in late September.

For now, it’s enough to know that it’s our money — but only if we file on time. That means now.

In case you think you’ve applied, but aren’t sure, you can check the status of your application, go to the site, www.pfd.alaska.gov, and click on the blue “myPFDInfo” button.