Oklahoma sees increase in corporate income taxes

Oklahoma is showing an increase in corporate income taxes, but state finance officials said overall tax revenues for March dipped below last year's pace because of an unusual amount of income tax refunds and continuing reductions in natural gas prices.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: April 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm •  Published: April 9, 2013
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Corporate income tax collections continued their increase in March, but an unusual amount of income tax refunds caused overall Oklahoma tax revenues to come in less than a year ago, state finance officials said Tuesday.

“The sharp upward climb in corporate income tax collections is extremely encouraging,” Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger said. “Our economy is still expanding, although perhaps at a more moderate pace.”

Collections to the general revenue fund, the state's main operating fund, totaled $413.9 million in March, which is $20.6 million, or 4.7 percent below collections for the same month a year ago.

An analysis by the Oklahoma Tax Commission shows taxpayer refunds in March were $34.2 million more than a year ago, according to the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services. Tax Commission officials said thousands of Oklahoma taxpayers filed for refunds later than usual this year because the Internal Revenue Service delayed the tax filing season before a deal was struck on federal cuts in January.

Tax Commission officials project the refund season is essentially over, according to the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. The state is likely to return to a more normal pattern of personal income tax collections for the final three months of this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

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