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Warmington: State really should nix negative-for-company franchise tax


Mar 18, 2023

Chad Warmington

In Oklahoma we seek to develop an atmosphere exactly where organizations can strive to develop totally free from unnecessary government interference, whilst giving precious goods and solutions to Oklahomans. Sadly, the state’s franchise tax, also referred to as the Capital Stock Tax, prevents some organizations from expanding to their fullest possible, which in turn impedes organizations from producing jobs and expanding the state’s workforce.

The state’s franchise tax is a direct tax on a corporation’s capital, taxing $1.25 for each and every $1,000 in capital, with the quantity capped at $20,000, regardless of the corporation’s size or net worth. It is imposed on all corporations, no matter if they make a profit or not. Basically place, the franchise tax is a charge just for performing company in Oklahoma.

Most economists say it requires two to 3 years for a new company to develop into lucrative, and in such a competitive marketplace, the franchise tax stacks the deck even larger against corporations in their infancy. How can we anticipate these organizations to endure slow early months whilst the state is taking dollars from the modest income getting earned?

The franchise tax has no off-season or consideration of downturns in the economy, becoming an even heavier burden upon organizations through complicated financial occasions.

Oklahoma is one particular of only 14 states that has a franchise tax. Mississippi and Connecticut are each phasing out their franchise tax. Also, a current Legislative Workplace of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) study suggested Oklahoma simplify its company tax structure by either transitioning to a single issue apportionment, eliminating the throwback rule or minimizing compliance fees associated to figuring out tax liability. We need to take the antiquated, burdensome franchise tax off the books if we want to be competitive with other states.

Fortunately, Home Bill 2695, filed by Rep. Gerrid Kendrix, aims to alleviate the compliance burden and monetary effect this tax imposes. Oklahoma will discontinue collecting the franchise tax starting in 2024, if HB 2695 is authorized by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

If we want organizations to thrive in Oklahoma, why are we taxing them merely for current? Repealing the franchise tax will enhance company investments in the economy and enable develop new jobs, whilst minimizing tax compliance fees for organizations.

It is a straightforward repair in our state tax code that will give Oklahoma organizations a clearer path to prosperity.

Chad Warmington is the president and CEO of The State Chamber.

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