July Net Tax Revenues Up 3.1%

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Atlanta, GA – The State of Georgia’s net tax collections in the first month of fiscal year 2020 totaled roughly $1.83 billion for an increase of $55.7 million, or 3.1%, compared to last year when net tax collections totaled almost $1.78 billion. July’s gross tax revenue receipts totaled $2.48 billion for an increase of $71.9 million, or 3%, over July 2018.

Changes in the following tax categories account for July’s overall net tax revenue increase:

Individual Income Tax: Individual Income Tax collections during the month totaled $969.6 million, up from $897.1 million in July 2018, for an increase of $72.5 million or 8.1%.

The following components in Individual Income Tax combine for the net increase:

  • Individual Income Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) decreased by $41.5 million or -35.9%.
  • Income Tax Withholding payments for July increased by $19.5 million, or 2%, over last year.
  • All other Individual Tax categories, including Estimated Tax payments, increased a combined $11.5 million.

Sales and Use Tax: Gross Sales and Use Tax collections totaled $1.06 billion in July for an increase of $36.9 million, or 3.6%, over last year. Net Sales and Use Tax increased roughly $11 million, or 2.1%, compared to fiscal year 2019 when Net Sales Tax revenue totaled $523.8 million. The adjusted Sales Tax distribution to local governments totaled $522.5 million for an increase of $28.9 million, or 5.9%, over last fiscal year. Lastly, Sales Tax refunds fell by nearly $3 million, or -47.8%, compared to last July.

Corporate Income Tax: Net Corporate Income Tax collections decreased by $31.4 million, or -98.4%, compared to fiscal year 2019 when net Corporate Tax revenues totaled nearly $31.9 million in July.

These components within Corporate Income Tax comprise the net decrease:

  • Corporate Tax refunds issued (net of voided checks) were up $32.3 million, or 172.5%.
  • Corporate Income Tax Estimated Return payments were down $15.3 million, or -39.6%.
  • Corporate Income Tax Return payments increased by $10 million, or 116.2%, over fiscal year 2019.
  • All other Corporate Tax payments combined for an increase of $6.2 million compared to last year.

Motor Fuel Taxes: Motor Fuel Tax collections during the month declined by nearly $1.9 million, or -1.2%, down from a total of $153.7 million last year.

Motor Vehicle – Tag & Title Fees: Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fee collections rose by $4.2 million, or 14.7%, up from a total of $28.5 million in July 2018. Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) collections totaled $77.5 million in July for an increase of $4.9 million, or 6.7%, compared to last year.

Source: Georgia DMV

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