OKLAHOMA CITY – Gross Receipts to the Treasury reached a record high in April and demonstrate the Oklahoma economy has continued to expand, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced this week.
Reports on total state revenue collections in April and over the past 12 months show growth of more than 12 percent, McDaniel said. Monthly receipts have exceeded collections from the same month of the prior year for 25 consecutive months and cumulative 12-month receipts have now topped more than $13.4 billion.
However, McDaniel said that while lagging economic indicators such as gross receipts and unemployment reports show expansion has occurred, a few leading indicators point to a potential slowdown in economic activity.
“Oklahoma gross receipts are at record highs and state unemployment remains at historically low levels, all very positive news,” McDaniel said. “Nevertheless, some leading economic indicators bear a close watch.”
McDaniel specifically referenced the Oklahoma Business Conditions Index, compiled by the Creighton Economic Forecasting Group, and the Leading Index for Oklahoma, from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Both indexes are respected predictors of future economic activity.
The Creighton report for April dipped below growth neutral for the first time in 21 months, falling to 48.6 from 53.9 in March. Numbers below 50 show anticipated economic contraction and include measures of new orders, production and sales, delivery lead time, inventories and employment.
The Federal Reserve’s Oklahoma index for February dropped into negative territory for the first time in more than three years, but did rebound slightly in the latest report from March 2019. The index considers state-level housing permits, initial unemployment insurance claims, and delivery times from the Institute for Supply Management manufacturing survey, among other factors.
In addition, McDaniel reported that April gross receipts collections on oil and gas production, at $79.8 million, are the lowest monthly total since taxes on production were raised last year. The previous low was $96.2 million in March. Employment in the oil field has been relatively unchanged for about a year.
New Tax Revenue
Revenue generated by increased tax rates approved in House Bill 1010 during special session last year added $47.2 million to monthly collections, 3 percent of all April gross receipts.
The largest amount, $26.3 million, came from the increase in the incentive tax rate on oil and natural gas gross production. Higher tax rates on gasoline and diesel fuel generated $7.5 million, and the $1 per pack hike in cigarette taxes added $13.3 million to the April total.
April gross collections total $1.6 billion, up $177.9 million, or 12.7 percent, from April 2018.
Gross income tax collections, a combination of individual and corporate income taxes, generated $820.2 million, an increase of $111 million, or 15.7 percent, from the previous April.
Individual income tax collections for the month are $693.5 million, up by $106.9 million, or 18.2 percent, from the prior year. Corporate collections are $126.7 million, an increase of $4.1 million, or 3.4 percent.
Sales tax collections, including remittances on behalf of cities and counties, total $415.6 million in April. That is $5 million, or 1.2 percent, more than April 2018.
Gross production taxes on oil and natural gas generated $79.8 million in April, an increase of $19.2 million, or 31.6 percent, from last April. Compared to March 2019 reports, gross production collections are down by $16.4 million, or 17.1 percent.
Motor vehicle taxes produced $71.1 million, up by $8.3million, or 13.2 percent, from the same month of 2018.
Other collections, consisting of about 60 different sources including use taxes, along with taxes on fuel, tobacco, and alcoholic beverages, produced $194.8 million during the month. That is $34.4 million, or 21.4 percent, more than last April.
Gross revenue totals $13.4 billion from the past 12 months. That is $1.5 billion, or 12.3 percent, more than collections from the previous 12 months.
Gross income taxes generated $4.6 billion for the period, reflecting an increase of $339.6 million, or 8 percent, from the prior 12 months.
Individual income tax collections total $4 billion, up by $285.7 million, or 7.6 percent, from the prior 12 months. Corporate collections are $518.3 million for the period, an increase of $53.9 million, or 11.6 percent, over the previous period.
Sales taxes for the 12 months generated $4.9 billion, an increase of $284 million, or 6.2 percent, from the prior period.
Oil and gas gross production tax collections brought in $1.1 billion during the 12 months, up by $471.1 million, or 73.8 percent, from the previous period.
Motor vehicle collections total $791 million for the period. This is an increase of $25 million, or 3.3 percent, from the trailing period.
Other sources generated $2.1 billion, up by $348.4 million, or 19.9 percent, from the previous year.
About Gross Receipts to the Treasury
The Office of the State Treasurer developed the monthly Gross Receipts to the Treasury report in order to provide a timely and broad view of the state’s macro economy.
It is released in conjunction with the General Revenue Fund allocation report from the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, which provides important information to state agencies for budgetary planning purposes.
The General Revenue Fund receives less than half of the state’s gross receipts with the remainder paid in rebates and refunds, remitted to cities and counties, and apportioned to other state funds.