//GA collects nearly $1 billion less in annual tax revenue

GA collects nearly $1 billion less in annual tax revenue

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May Net Tax Revenues Fall -10.1%

JUNE 08, 2020

The State of Georgia’s May net tax collections totaled $1.58 billion for a decrease of $178 million, or -10.1 percent, compared to May 2019 when net tax collections totaled nearly $1.76 billion. Year-to-date, net tax collections totaled $20.81 billion for a decrease of roughly $857.9 million, or -4 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year when net tax revenues totaled nearly $21.67 billion. 

The changes within the following tax categories help further explain May’s overall net tax revenue decrease:

Individual Income Tax:  Individual Income Tax collections for May declined by nearly $30 million, or -3.4 percent, down from May 2019 when net Individual Tax revenues totaled roughly $887.1 million.

The following notable components within Individual Income Tax combine for the net decrease:

  • Individual Income Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) decreased by $0.9 million or -0.6 percent
  • Individual Income Tax Return payments decreased by roughly $25 million, or -38 percent, from last year
  • Individual Withholding payments for the month were up $13.1 million, or 1.4 percent, over last year
  • All other categories, including Non-Resident income tax payments, were down a combined $19 million

Sales and Use Tax:  Gross Sales and Use Tax collections totaled $906.5 million for the month, which was a decrease of roughly $138.7 million, or -13.3 percent, compared to May 2019.  Net Sales and Use Tax declined by $58.4 million, or -11.5 percent, compared to last year, when net sales tax totaled $508.3 million.  The adjusted Sales Tax distribution to local governments totaled $449.6 million for a decrease of $80.7 million, or -15.2 percent, from May 2019.  Lastly, Sales Tax Refunds increased by nearly $0.4 million compared to FY 2019.

Corporate Income Tax:  Net Corporate Income Tax collections decreased by nearly $16.9 million, or -40.8 percent, compared to FY 2019 when net Corporate Tax revenues totaled $41.3 million.

The following notable components within Corporate Income Tax make up the net decrease:

  • Corporate Income Tax refunds (net of voids) decreased by $6.8 million, or -71 percent, from last year
  • Corporate Income Tax Estimated payments received were up nearly $4.6 million or 26.5 percent
  • Corporate Income Tax Return payments decreased by nearly $22.7 million or -90.4 percent
  • All other Corporate Tax types, including S-Corp tax payments, were down a combined $5.6 million  

Motor Fuel Taxes:  Motor Fuel Tax collections decreased by $39.2 million, or -25.7 percent, compared to FY 2019.

Motor Vehicle – Tag & Title Fees:  Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees increased by $3.8 million, or 15.7 percent, in May while Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) collections declined by $44.3 million, or -57.5 percent, compared to FY 2019.