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February 2019 receipts beat estimate, prior year

-- NEWS RELEASE --

For Immediate Release

John Budd
 Director

J. Kevin Stitt
Governor

March 12, 2019

Year-to-date collections a more telling picture

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in February were $385.2 million and came in at $64.0 million, or 19.9 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $91.0 million, or 30.9 percent, above collections in February of 2018. Total collections over the first eight months of the fiscal year are $267.8 million, or 6.8 percent, above the estimate to date and $631.6 million, or 17.7 percent, above prior year collections. 

"I'm pleased to see strong returns in February which is historically the weakest month of the fiscal year for collections," said Office of Management and Enterprise Services Director John Budd. "But I would caution putting too much emphasis on the monthly drivers and instead look to the year-to-date numbers as a more accurate picture of the state's fiscal outlook."

Gross production tax collections of $82.1 million were $40.1 million, or 95.5 percent, above the estimate and $54 million, or 191.8 percent, above the prior year. Sales tax collections of $168.9 million were $4.3 million, or 2.5 percent, below the estimate and $4.5 million, or 2.7 percent, above the prior year. Corporate income tax collections of $1.7 million were $1.1 million, or 192.6 percent, above the estimate.

"Obviously, we have a few tax categories that are way above the monthly estimates. In regard to income tax collections, fluctuation is mostly due to volatility from historical patterns, which holds the estimates to lower numbers," said Budd. "February estimates are always much lower and more sensitive to fluctuating refunds or rebates which impacted both personal and corporate collections this month."

For the first eight months of FY 2019, total net income tax collections to the GRF are $152.2 million and 11.2 percent above the estimate and total gross production collections are $165.4 million and 58.3 percent above the estimate. Sales tax collections and motor vehicle collections over the first eight months remain almost flat at 0.3 percent below the estimate and 0.6 percent above the estimate, respectively. Total collections from all other sources are below the estimate by $46 million, or 6.2 percent to date

John Budd is the director of OMES, which issues the monthly GRF reports.

Major tax categories in February contributed the following amounts to the GRF:

  • Total income tax collections of $51.1 million were $44.6 million, or 685.8 percent, above the estimate and $6.8 million, or 15.4 percent, above the prior year.
    Individual income tax collections of $49.4 million were $43.5 million, or 734.1 percent, above the estimate and $5.1 million, or 11.6 percent, above the prior year.
    Corporate income tax collections of $1.7 million were $1.1 million, or 192.6 percent, above the estimate. Collections from this source were net zero in February of 2018.  
  • Sales tax collections of $168.9 million were $4.3 million, or 2.5 percent, below the estimate and $4.5 million, or 2.7 percent, above the prior year.
  • Gross production tax collections of $82.1 million were $40.1 million, or 95.5 percent, above the estimate and $54.0 million, or 191.8 percent, above the prior year.
    Natural gas collections of $45.7 million were $14.5 million, or 46.3 percent, above the estimate and $22.3 million, or 95.4 percent, above the prior year.
    Oil collections of $36.4 million were $25.7 million, or 238.0 percent, above the estimate and $31.7 million, or 664.9 percent, above the prior year.
  • Motor vehicle tax collections of $15.2 million were $32,000, or 0.2 percent, above the estimate and $0.8 million, or 5.5 percent, above the prior year.
  • Other revenue collections of $67.8 million were $16.4 million, or 19.5 percent, below the estimate and $24.9 million, or 58.2 percent, above the prior year.

As state government’s main operating fund, the GRF is the key indicator of state government’s fiscal status and the predominant funding source for the annual appropriated state budget. GRF collections are revenues that remain for the appropriated state budget after rebates, refunds, other mandatory apportionments and after sales and use taxes are remitted back to municipalities. In contrast, gross collections, reported by the State Treasurer, are all revenues remitted to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.  

Revenue tables can be viewed on the OMES website: https://omes.ok.gov/services/budget/february-2019-financial-data-tables


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