June 2, 2022
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s recently released tax collections data reveals that Texas oil and natural gas producers are paying record amounts in production taxes to the State of Texas.
According to the Comptroller’s data, in April, Texas oil producers paid a record $666 million to the state in oil production taxes, the highest amount in history. At $595 million, May collections were almost as high. Similarly, the state’s natural gas producers paid $413 million in natural gas production taxes in May, the highest amount in history. These monthly amounts are remarkable in that they exceed the dollars paid of some entire past years’ revenues.
“Tax revenue generated by robust oil and natural gas activity across Texas continues to be a game-changer for Texans, providing billions of dollars in funding for our state’s public schools and universities, roads, first responders, and essential services,” said Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association. “The indispensable role this industry plays in Texas’ continued economic successes underscores the importance of policies that encourage responsible development of our natural resources.”
- April: oil production tax — $666 million, the highest monthly collections on record, up 99 percent from April 2021;
- April: natural gas production tax — $339 million, up 46 percent from April 2021;
- May: oil production tax — $595 million, up 64 percent from May 2021
- May: natural gas production tax — $413 million, the highest monthly collections on record, up 216 percent from May 2021
Further tax data made publicly available by the Comptroller’s Office shows just how beneficial the recent uptick in oil and natural gas activity is for every Texan, whether you live near the oil patch or not. In fiscal year 2021 – which ended August 31, 2021 – oil production tax revenues totaled $3.45 billion, the second-highest whole year’s revenue on record, with the highest having been fiscal year 2019 at $3.89 billion. Fiscal year 2022 oil production tax revenue should handily exceed those amounts, as $4.48 billion have already been paid, with three months still remaining in the fiscal year. Natural gas production tax revenues in the first nine months of fiscal year 2022 have already exceeded that of any entire fiscal year in history, totaling $2.97 billion through May, which outpaces the previous highest revenue for a completed fiscal year when industry paid $2.68 billion in fiscal year 2008.
“No one produces the oil and natural gas the world needs in a more environmentally responsible way than American producers, and the lion’s share of that production takes place right here in Texas,” continued Staples.
If Texas were its own country, it would be the world’s third largest producer of natural gas and fourth largest producer of oil.
The resiliency of the industry is also shown in rising employment in the oil and natural gas industry, which has added an average of 3,950 upstream jobs each month this year. Since the low point in employment in September of 2020 in Texas, 33,400 upstream jobs have been added, and job growth months have outnumbered decline months 17 to 2. At 190,400 upstream jobs, April 2022 jobs were up by 26,700, or 16.3%, from April of 2021.
“In Fiscal Year 2021, the oil and natural gas industry directly employed over 422,000 Texans with jobs that pay among the highest wages in Texas, and we should all be encouraged to see this upward trend continue in 2022,” Staples continued. “For every direct job, an additional 2.2 indirect jobs are created elsewhere in the economy, which means you don’t have to be employed by the oil and natural gas industry to benefit from the tremendous economic prosperity and opportunities the industry brings Texas.”
Production taxes are only one of the many taxes that the Texas oil and gas industry pays. The industry also pays billions in property taxes on all assets from producing minerals properties to pipelines to refineries and gas stations. State and local sales taxes also apply to many purchases made by the industry, raising billions more. There are further taxes, including the state’s franchise tax and gross receipts taxes imposed on natural gas utilities and pipelines, and millions of dollars in fees imposed by state government.
“These historic job and tax revenue numbers are a sign of strength and, when coupled with continued rig count increases, are clear indicators of the commitment of the Texas oil and natural gas industry to continue to deliver strength and security. Our industry is stepping up to lead the way in meeting our energy needs, fortifying our national security, and assuring continued environmental progress,” concluded Staples.
STEER is the leading Eagle Ford Shale resource in the region and is the primary coordinator for communication and public advocacy surrounding the oil and natural gas industry in South Texas. STEER serves as the bridge connecting the industry and communities throughout South Texas to ensure positive collaboration and communication surrounding the activities associated with energy production in the Eagle Ford Shale and Rio Grande Valley. In 2018, the boards of STEER and TXOGA approved the merger of STEER into TXOGA. The merger was finalized on January 1, 2020.