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New LANL contractor Triad will pay state tax

SANTA FE, N.M. — Triad National Security, LLC, the group that is taking over management of Los Alamos National Laboratory on Nov. 1, will pay state gross receipts taxes, a Triad representative says.

Triad is made up of the University of California, Texas A&M University and Ohio-based scientific non-profit Battelle Memorial Institute and is a non-profit itself. The non-profit status raised questions about whether Triad would pay the gross receipts tax on goods and services.

Triad spokeswoman Katy Delaney confirmed Thursday that the state Taxation and Revenue Department had notified the LLC that it was subject to GRT and that Triad will pay it.

A private consortium that is the current LANL contractor has paid more than $70 million dollars a year in GRT that goes to state government, Los Alamos County and other local governments.

Thomas Mason, who Triad has named as director-designate of LANL, said at a public forum in July the tax issue was under study and that “nonprofit is not the same as tax-exempt.” A Taxation and Revenue spokesman did not return a call and email messages from the Journal Thursday.

Triad was selected as the new lab contractor after a bidding process that was completed earlier this year.