Plummeting oil prices are exacting a heft
y toll on states that are heavily
dependent on severance taxes, according to a recent
report by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. Will these
jurisdictions’ search for new sources of revenue lead them to eye significant
corporate tax code changes? Probably not, a principal of a state legislative
monitoring firm says.
Seven of the eight states hardest hit by lo
oil prices impose a corporate income tax. These states are Alaska, Louisiana,
Oklahoma, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas and West Virginia. Each of these jurisdictions rely on severance
taxes for 16 percent of their total tax revenues, as opposed to 0.2 percent for
the rest of the states, the report notes. Hardest hit is Alaska, with severance
tax revenues down by 87.9 percent and total tax revenues down by 67.2 percent.
But so far, two of the poster-child oil states
scrambling for new revenues (Oklahoma and Louisiana) do not appear
to be eyeing hikes to their corporate tax rates, Joseph R. Crosby, principal with
MultiState Associates told Bloomberg BNA Feb. 8.
Louisiana’s “Governor Edwards did include NOL changes in his agenda for the special session,” Crosby said. “But that's not nearly on the scale of a full rate increase. Both Louisiana and Oklahoma are really pushing for sales tax base expansion as a means of achieving fiscal solvency,” Crosby noted.
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