Oklahoma State Treasurer Randy McDaniel sees signs of a slightly improving economy in Oklahoma as February gross receipts were down less than one percent from a year ago while sales tax receipts were up nearly 8%. But oil and gas is still hurting as reflected in the latest tax revenue figures.
Still lagging was the gross production taxes on oil and natural gas which totaled $45.9 million, a decrease of $39 million or 45.9%.
The state’s oil and gas tax collections over the past 12 months generated $560.3 million, a drop of 43.6% or $433.5 million compared to the previous year.
McDaniel said collections from all sources in February total $950.8 million, down by $6 million, or 0.6 percent, from February 2020. Since March of last year, monthly gross receipts have been below prior year collections every month except one, and that was due to the delayed income tax filings in July.
“The Oklahoma economy is performing better than many other states,” Treasurer McDaniel said. “While gross receipts indicate the pandemic is constraining business and personal activity, the state is responding to the significant financial and social challenges relatively well.”
February sales tax collections exceed those of the prior February by $28.2 million, or 7.9 percent. It marks only the second time in the past year that sales tax receipts have exceeded those of the same month of the prior year. Both instances are likely due to expenditure of the two rounds of federal stimulus payments.
Combined income tax receipts for the month dropped slightly, with individual income tax collections up by 2.2 percent and corporate receipts down by 56.4 percent. Gross production collections are down by 45.9 percent and motor vehicle receipts are off by 9 percent.
The largest percentage of revenue growth for the month and past year is from the medical marijuana tax. The marijuana tax produced $5.5 million in February, a 64.7 percent increase over the year. For the past 12 months, the marijuana tax has produced $60.3 million, a jump of more than 100 percent from the trailing period.
Combined gross receipts from the past 12 months of $13.11 billion are below collections from the previous 12 months by $601.6 million, or 4.4 percent. All major revenue sources show contraction during the period ranging from gross production taxes at 43.6 percent to combined income taxes at 0.8 percent.
Other economic indicators
The Oklahoma Business Conditions Index in February remained above growth neutral for a third month. The February index was set at 67.1, compared to 65.4 in January, 55.9 in December and 49.4 in November. Numbers above 50 indicate economic expansion is expected during the next three to six months.
The latest unemployment data available is from December, when the rate in Oklahoma was set at 5.3 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s jobless rate was down from 6.1 percent in November, but up from 3.4 percent in December 2019. The U.S. unemployment rate was set at 6.7 percent in December.
Compared to gross receipts from February 2020, collections in February 2021 showed:
- Total February 2021 gross collections are $950.8 million, down $6 million, or 0.6 percent.
- Gross income tax collections, a combination of individual and corporate income taxes, generated $292 million, down by $1.3 million, or 0.4 percent.
- Individual income tax collections are $286.2 million, an increase of $6.2 million, or 2.2 percent.
- Corporate collections are $5.8 million, down by $7.5 million, or 56.4 percent.
- Combined sales and use tax collections, including remittances on behalf of cities and counties, total $449.1 million – up by $39.8 million, or 7.9 percent.
- Sales tax collections total $384.5 million, an increase of $28.2 million, or 7.9 percent.
- Use tax receipts, collected on out-of-state purchases including internet sales, generated $64.6 million, an increase of $11.7 million, or 22 percent.
- Motor vehicle taxes produced $50.9 million, down by $5 million, or 9 percent.
- Other collections composed of some 60 different sources including taxes on fuel, tobacco, medical marijuana, and alcoholic beverages, produced $113 million – down by $493,273, or 0.4 percent.
- The medical marijuana tax produced $5.5 million, up by $2.1 million, or 64.7 percent from February 2020.
Combined gross receipts for the past 12 months compared to the trailing 12 months:
- Gross revenue totals $13.11 billion. That is $601.6 million, or 4.4 percent, below collections from the previous period.
- Gross income taxes generated $4.73 billion, a decrease of $38.3 million, or 0.8 percent.
- Individual income tax collections total $4.09 billion, down by $93.9 million, or 2.2 percent.
- Corporate collections are $642.6 million, an increase of $55.6 million, or 9.5 percent.
- Combined sales and use taxes generated $5.52 billion, a drop of $63.8 million, or 1.1 percent.
- Gross sales tax receipts total $4.71 billion, down by $142.2 million, or 2.9 percent.
- Use tax collections generated $810 million, an increase of $78.4 million, or 10.7 percent.
- Motor vehicle collections total $769.2 million, a decrease of $22 million, or 2.8 percent.
- Other sources generated $1.54 billion, down by $44 million, or 2.8 percent.
- Medical marijuana taxes generated $60.3 million, up by $30.4 million, or 101.5 percent.