Texas Severance Taxes Fall ~49%

Texas Severance Tax Declines
Texas Severance Tax Declines

Texas joins other energy states to see a hefty decline in mineral severance taxes, according to the EIA.

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The Energy Information Administration released a report yesterday that showed the tax consequences of the months of falling crude prices. States assess severance taxes on companies that remove nonrenewable resources like crude oil, natural gas, and coal and when less is taken from the ground, there is less to tax.

Learn more about oil severance taxes by state

The comptroller of Texas reports that as of November 2015, revenues from the oil and gas industry have declined significantly over the previous year. These decreases include:

  • Natural gas production tax -48.14%
  • Oil production tax -48.91%
Lower fossil fuel prices, and in some cases, lower production, have led to lower severance tax receipts than were expected when revenue estimates were developed.
— Robert McManmon and Grant Nülle, Energy Information Administration (EIA).

The good news is that the Texas economy is more diversified than it has been during previous downturns. This means that severance taxes make up a lower percent the total state tax receipts (11% in 2014), so there will likely not be a need to make drastic changes to the 2016 budget.

Other states that are feeling the pinch include Alaska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming. These states get most of their tax revenues from their energy sectors with severance taxes ranging from 40% to even as high as 75% of a state’s overall tax receipts.

Read more at texastransparency.org