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Governor Nathan Deal touted an increase in net tax collections during the month of March in a statement issued Monday.

Deal announced the state raked in almost $1.57 billion. The number is a 2.1% increase from March 2016 and a year-to-date total of $15.8 billion for the 2017 fiscal year which ends July 30.

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Individual Income Tax: Individual Income Tax collections for the month totaled $733.7 million, up from $610.2 million in March 2016, for an increase of nearly $123.5 million, or 20.2 percent.

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

  • Income Tax refunds, totaling $587.5 million during the month, were up $32.4 million, or 5.8 percent.
  • Individual Income Tax Withholding payments were up $94.9 million, or 8.9 percent.
  • Individual Income Tax Non-Resident Return payments were up $36 million, or 148.8 percent.
  • All other Individual Tax categories, including Individual Return payments, were up a combined $25 million.

Sales and Use Tax: Gross Sales Tax collections deposited during the month totaled $826.1 million, for an increase of $5.2 million, or 0.6 percent, compared to March 2016. Net Sales and Use Tax revenue totaled $435.2 million and remained unchanged after refunds and adjustments compared to last year. The adjusted distribution of sales tax to local governments totaled $381.2 million, for an increase of $1 million, or 0.3 percent, compared to March 2016. Sales tax refunds totaled $9.7 million, for an increase of nearly $4.2 million, or 74.7 percent, compared to last year.

Corporate Income Tax: Corporate Income Tax collections totaled $96.9 million, for a decrease of $82.8 million, or -46.1 percent, compared to last year when net Corporate Tax revenues totaled $179.7 million. This decrease is in part attributed to a revision in IRS rules which changed the Corporate Income Tax Return filing due date from March 15 to April 15.

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

  • Corporate Tax refunds issued (net of voids) were down $21.1 million, or -36.9 percent.
  • Corporate Income Tax Return payments were down nearly $75.7 million, or -61.5 percent.
  • Corporate Income Tax Estimated payments were down $19.5 million, or -25.4 percent.
  • All other Corporate Taxes, including Net Worth and S-Corp payments, were down a combined $8.7 million.

Motor Fuel Taxes: Motor Fuel Tax collections in March totaled approximately $131.9 million, for a decrease of nearly $2.7 million, or -2 percent, compared to last year.

Motor Vehicle Tag & Title Fees: Tag and Title Fee collections decreased by $2.5 million, or -7.3 percent, compared to March 2016. Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) collections for the month totaled almost $76.3 million, for a decrease of $2.2 million, or -2.8 percent, compared to last year.

*The information above was provided by the Office of Governor Nathan Deal. 

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Jessica Szilagyi is statewide contributor for All On Georgia and Market Manager for Southeast Georgia. Her main focus with All On Georgia is state and local politics as well as agriculture. She’s served as a policy analyst at the State Capitol and as a campaign manager in political races across the state.

She writes for GeorgiaPol.com and has two blogs of her own: ‘The Perspicacious Conservative’, a political blog, and ‘Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers’, a blog on moving from Atlanta to rural Georgia. Jessica is also a contributor for Fox5 Atlanta’s ‘Like it Or Not.’

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