The group taking over management at Los Alamos National Laboratory will have to pay a crucial tax.
Triad National Security is led by three non-profits.
According to The Santa Fe New Mexican, non-profits are exempt from paying gross receipt taxes.
Los Alamos County estimates it could have lost more than $20 million.
The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department reportedly told Triad that gross receipt tax does apply to them.
Triad says they will begin paying taxes on Nov. 1 when they take over the contract.