JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaskans could begin signing up for their 2001 Alaska Permanent Fund dividend checks on Tuesday.
The application booklets have begun arriving in mailboxes around the state.
For those Alaskans who want to save time and a few trees, the state has an online application form available at www.pfd.state.ak.us.
This is the second year the state has offered electronic filing. Nanci Jones, director of the state's Permanent Fund Dividend Division, said the online system checks to make sure all the requested information is complete.
A signature page automatically opens on screen when the applicant clicks the ''submit'' button. Applicants must print the signature page and mail it to the dividend office before their application is complete.
A confirmation number will be listed at the bottom of the printed signature page. Applicants should keep a copy for their files.
The application deadline is April 2. Paper applicants must have their forms postmarked by that date.
The amount of the 2001 dividend will be announced in late September. Payments by direct deposit will be made Oct. 10, with checks to follow later in the month.
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