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The Oil Tax Proposal and Household Impacts

crude oil  taxes  economic impacts  consumers  president obama 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted February 16, 2016

The president’s $10 per barrel oil tax proposal has been out for about a week now, and the analysis from a number of experts – both in terms of politics and economics – could be boiled down to the social media acronym “smh,” which stands for “shaking my head.”

Political analysis first: “The president perennially proposes repealing the oil industry tax credits which Congress annually ignores,” Benjamin Salisbury at FBR Capital Markets toldBloomberg. “It seems overwhelmingly likely that this fee meets the same fate.” ClearView Energy Partners’ Kevin Book said there are “near-zero odds that the Republican-led Congress will grant the president’s request.”

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The New York Times Looks at Corporate Taxes

natural gas  oil taxes  fairness  Energy 101  Industry  taxes 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 28, 2013

Neat interactive infographic in this weekend’s New York Times Sunday Review, plotting the corporate income tax rates paid by various U.S. companies from 2007-2012 (according S&P Capital IQ):

NYT Taxes

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Energy and Taxes - A View Askew

energy taxes  energy policy  oil taxes  natural gas tax 

Stephen Comstock

Stephen Comstock
Posted March 20, 2013

Associate editor at The Atlantic Jordan Weissmann had a provocatively titled piece yesterday on taxes and the oil natural gas industry which may have generated some traffic, but it certainly did nothing to contribute to an honest debate.  His premise was to identify tax increases on the oil and natural gas industry as a: “safe ground to set up camp for the budget negotiations.”

The US imposes tax on net income, not gross income, which means that all businesses, whether they are farmers, manufacturers or oil companies, are allowed to deduct their normal business expenses from income in calculating their tax due.  Accordingly, the oil and gas industry is eligible for business deductions that are the same as or similar to those available to other taxpayers.  Contrary to what others may say, the industry does not receive credits, does not benefit of mandates and is not directly subsidized by the federal government. Weissmann’s one-sided opinion piece attempts to state otherwise by identifying specific items – so let’s look at them:

Expensing Intangible Drilling Costs ($13.9 billion): Since 1913, this tax break has let oil companies write off some costs of exploring for oil and creating new wells.

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Economists: Higher Taxes Could Harm Economic Recovery

de facto moratorium  domestic energy  domestic jobs  economic growth  energy policy  oil taxes  taxes  offshore moratorium  oil and natural gas taxes 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 28, 2010

The pace of the economic recovery is the slowest in the past 50 years, and if the government raises taxes, the economy "could fall off a ledge." 

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