Georgia’s net tax collections for October totaled $1.55 billion, an increase of $87 million, or 5.9 percent, compared to October 2013, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday.
Year-to-date, net tax-revenue collections totaled $6.24 billion, which was an increase of $298.5 million, or 5 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $5.94 billion after four months. Year-to-date gross tax revenues, before refunds and distributions to local governments, totaled nearly $8.2 billion, which was an increase of $453.5 million, or 5.9 percent, compared to October 2013.
The following changes within the various tax categories led to the overall net revenue increase in October:
Individual income tax
Collections for October totaled $834.5 million, up from $767.75 million in 2013, for an increase of $66.75 million, or 8.7 percent.
The following notable components within individual income tax account for the net increase:
• Withholding payments were up $60.75 million, or 8 percent
• Refunds issued (net of voided checks) were up $2.5 million, or 2.3 percent
• All other Individual categories, including return and estimated payments, were up a combined $8.5 million
Gross sales-tax collections for October increased $58 million, or 7.2 percent, compared to FY 2014. In addition, net sales-and-use tax collections increased nearly $33.5 million, or 8 percent, over the previous year, when net October sales tax totaled $417.5 million. The adjusted distribution of sales tax to local and county governments totaled $400.7 million, which was an increase of $28 million compared to last year.
Lastly, sales-tax refunds dropped $3.5 million compared to last year, when nearly $11.25 million in refunds were processed.
Corporate income tax
Collections for the month decreased $30.5 million, or minus-99.8 percent, compared to last year, when net corporate-tax revenues totaled $30.5 million. Year-to-date, collections are down $15 million, or minus-6.3 percent, compared to the same four-month period last year. The following notable components within corporate income tax make up the decrease in October:
• Refunds issued (net of voided checks) were up $24.25 million, or 387.3 percent
• Return payments decreased nearly $4.75 million, or minus-63.5 percent
• All other corporate-tax categories combined for a decrease of $1.5 million compared to FY 14