2012 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 47 — Revenue and taxation
RS 47:633 — Rates of tax


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§633. Rates of tax

The taxes on natural resources severed from the soil or water levied by R.S. 47:631 shall be predicated on the quantity or value of the products or resources severed and shall be paid at the following rates:

(1) On trees and timber, except pulpwood, two and one-quarter percent of the then current average stumpage market value of such timber, to be determined annually on the second Monday of December by the Louisiana Forestry Commission and the Louisiana Tax Commission, such value to be effective on the first day of January in the following year and continuing until the next succeeding January.

(2) On pulpwood, five percent of the then current average stumpage market value of such pulpwood, to be determined annually on the second Monday of December by the Louisiana Forestry Commission and the Louisiana Tax Commission, such value to be effective on the first day of January in the following year and continuing until the next succeeding January.

(3) The Louisiana Forestry Commission and the Louisiana Tax Commission shall base their determination of the market value of trees, timber, and pulpwood as provided in Paragraphs (1) and (2) of this Section exclusively on sales of timber as reported to the Louisiana Department of Revenue and as published in the "Quarterly Report of Forest Products" by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

(4) to (6) Repealed by Acts 1975, No. 460, §2, eff. Dec. 1, 1975.

(7)(a) On oil twelve and one-half percentum of its value at the time and place of severance. Such value shall be the higher of (1) the gross receipts received from the first purchaser, less charges for trucking, barging and pipeline fees, or (2) the posted field price. In the absence of an arms length transaction or a posted field price, the value shall be the severer's gross income from the property as determined by R.S. 47:158(C).

(b) On oil produced from a well classified by the commissioner of conservation as an oil well, and determined by the collector of revenue that such well is incapable of producing an average of more than twenty-five barrels of oil per producing day during the entire taxable month, and which also produces at least fifty percent salt water per day, the tax rate applicable to the oil severed from such well shall be one-half of the rate set forth in Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph and such well shall be defined, for severance tax purposes, as an incapable well, provided that such well has been certified by the Department of Revenue as incapable of such production on or before the twenty-fifth day of the second month following the month of production. Oil severed from a multiple well lease or property is not subject to the reduced rate of tax provided for herein, unless all such wells are certified as incapable.

(c)(i)(aa) On oil produced from a well classified by the commissioner of conservation as an oil well, and certified by the Department of Revenue that such well is incapable of producing an average of more than ten barrels of oil per producing day during the entire taxable month, the tax rate applicable to the oil severed from such well shall be one-quarter of the rate set forth in Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph and such well shall be defined, for severance tax purposes, as a stripper well, provided that such well has been certified by the Department of Revenue as a stripper well on or before the twenty-fifth day of the second month following the month of production. Once a well has been certified and determined to be incapable of producing an average of more than ten barrels of oil per producing day during an entire month, such stripper well shall remain certified as a stripper well until the well produces an average of more than ten barrels of oil per day during an entire calendar month.

(bb) Crude oil produced from certified stripper wells shall be exempt from severance tax in any month in which the average value set forth in Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph is less than twenty dollars per barrel.

(ii)(aa) On oil produced from a well in a stripper field classified by the commissioner of conservation as a mining and horizontal drilling project which utilizes gravity drainage to a collection point in a downhole operations room, the tax rate applicable to the oil severed from such well shall be one-quarter of the rate set forth in Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph (7); provided that such well has been classified by the commissioner as a mining and horizontal drilling project before the lower rate is claimed on a tax return.

(bb) For purposes of this Paragraph, a "stripper field" means those geological formations as designated by rules and regulations of the secretary which have been historically recognized as being "stripper fields" and as utilizing stripper wells for oil production.

(cc) The tax rate provided in Paragraph (ii)(aa) shall be applicable only to the working interest and shall only apply until the cumulative value of hydrocarbon production from the mining and horizontal drilling project is equal to two and one-third times the total private investment, invested by the working interest owners, in the project.

(dd) For the purposes of this Section "private investment" shall mean those costs associated with project design, fabrication, installation of equipment, drilling and completion cost of wells and any other costs directly associated with said project. A "working interest owner" shall mean the owner of a mineral right who is under an obligation to share in the costs of drilling and completing a mining and horizontal drilling project. A person who does not invest and take a financial or economic risk in the drilling for and actual production of oil shall not be a working interest owner under the provisions of this Section.

(iii) All severance tax shall be suspended, for a period of twenty-four months or until payout of the well cost is achieved, whichever comes first, on any horizontally drilled well, or, on any horizontally drilled recompletion well, from which production commences after July 31, 1994.

(aa) For the purposes of this Section "horizontal drilling" shall mean high angle directional drilling of bore holes with fifty to three thousand plus feet of lateral penetration through productive reservoirs and "horizontal recompletion" shall mean horizontal drilling in an existing well bore.

(bb) Payout of well cost shall be the cost of completing the well to the commencement of production as determined by the Department of Natural Resources.

(iv) Production from oil and gas wells shall be exempt from severance tax for a period of five years when returned to service after being inactive for two or more years or having thirty days or less of production during the past two years. The exemption shall be extended by the length of any inactivity of a well that has commenced production when such inactivity is caused by a force majeure.

(aa) To qualify for inactive well status, an application for a two-year inactive well certification shall be made to the Department of Natural Resources, before commencement of production, during the period beginning July 31, 1994 and ending June 30, 2000, for the period beginning July 1, 2002 and ending June 30, 2006, and for the period beginning July 1, 2006 and ending June 30, 2010. Upon certification that a well is inactive, all production is exempt from severance tax for a period of five years from the date production begins or ninety days from the date of the application, whichever occurs first.

(bb) If the severance tax is paid at the full rate provided by this Section before the Department of Natural Resources approves an application for two-year inactive well status, the operator is entitled to a credit against taxes imposed by this Section in an amount equal to the tax paid. To receive a credit, the operator must apply to the secretary of the Department of Revenue for the credit not later than the first anniversary after the date the Department of Natural Resources certifies that the well is a two-year inactive well.

(8) On distillate, condensate, or similar natural resources severed from the soil or water either with oil or gas, twelve and one-half percentum of gross value at the time and place of severance. For the levy of this tax, gross value shall be as defined by R.S. 47:633(7)(a). However, natural gasoline, casinghead gasoline and other natural gas liquids, including but not limited to ethane, methane, butane or propane, all of which occur naturally or which are recovered through processing gas after separation of oil, distillate, condensate, or similar natural resources shall not be subject to the levy provided for in this Paragraph, but shall be subject to the levy provided for in R.S. 47:633(9).

(9)(a)(i) Subject to adjustment as provided in Subparagraph (d) below, on natural gas and, based on equivalent gas volumes, natural gasoline, casinghead gasoline, and other natural gas liquids, including but not limited to ethane, methane, butane, or propane, ten cents per thousand cubic feet measured at a base pressure of 15.025 pounds per square inch absolute and at the temperature base of sixty degrees Fahrenheit; provided that whenever the conditions of pressure and temperature differ from the above bases, conversion of the volume from these conditions to the above bases shall be made in accordance with the Ideal Gas Laws with correction for deviation from Boyle's Law, which correction must be made unless the pressure at the point of measurement is two hundred pounds per square inch gauge, or less, all in accordance with methods and tables generally recognized by and commonly used in the natural gas industry. For all purposes of computing standard cubic feet of gas under this Section the barometric pressure shall be assumed to be 14.7 pounds per square inch absolute at the place of measurement.

(ii) The rate as set forth in Item (i) of this Subparagraph shall be in effect until June 30, 1992. Effective July 1, 1992 the rate shall be seven cents per thousand cubic feet, and this rate shall also be subject to the annual rate adjustment as provided in Item (d)(i) of this Paragraph.

(b) In the case of gas produced from an oil well designated as such by the office of conservation, which has been determined by the secretary to have a wellhead pressure of fifty pounds per square inch gauge or less under operating conditions, or, in the case of gas rising in a vaporous state through the annular space between the casing and tubing of such oil well and released through lines connected with the casinghead gas which has been determined by the secretary to have a casinghead pressure of fifty pounds per square inch gauge or less under operating conditions, the rate shall be three cents per thousand cubic feet. For purposes of applying this reduced rate an oil well being produced by the method commonly known as gas lift shall be presumed in the absence of a determination to the contrary by the secretary, to have a wellhead pressure of fifty pounds per square inch or less under operating conditions. To qualify for the reduced rate an oil well must have a casinghead pressure of fifty pounds or less per square inch for the entire taxable month.

(c) In the case of gas produced from a gas well designated as such by the office of conservation, which has been determined by the secretary to be incapable of producing an average of 250,000 cubic feet of gas per day, the tax rate applicable to the gas severed from such well shall be one and three-tenths cents per thousand cubic feet. To qualify for the reduced rate, a gas well must be incapable of producing 250,000 cubic feet of gas per day during the entire taxable month.

(d)(i) The gas tax rate provided in Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph shall be adjusted annually on July first for the ensuing twelve calendar months as hereinafter set forth but shall never be less than seven cents per thousand cubic feet. On or before April 30, 1991, and annually thereafter, the secretary shall determine, using the "gas base rate adjustment" as hereinafter provided, the new gas tax rate for the twelve calendar months beginning July 1, 1991, and respectively for each twelve-month period beginning annually thereafter. The new gas tax rate shall be the rate provided in Subparagraph (a) of this Paragraph multiplied by the gas base rate adjustment. The "gas base rate adjustment" shall be determined by the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. The "gas base rate adjustment" for the applicable twelve-month period is a fraction, the numerator of which shall be the average of the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) Henry Hub settled price on the last trading day for the month, as reported in the Wall Street Journal for the previous twelve-month period ending on March thirty-first, and the denominator of which shall be the average of the monthly average spot market prices of gas fuels delivered into the pipelines in Louisiana as reported by the Natural Gas Clearing House for the twelve-month period ending March 31, 1990 (1.7446 $/MMBTU). For the twelve-month period ending March 31, 2003, the monthly average gas prices used in making the numerator of the "gas base rate adjustment", the average gas prices for the months April, 2002 through September, 2002 shall be the monthly average spot market price of gas fuels delivered into the pipelines into Louisiana as reported in the Natural Gas Clearing House, and the average gas prices for the months October, 2002 through March, 2003 shall be the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) Henry Hub settled price on the last trading day for the month, as reported in the Wall Street Journal. The secretary of the Department of Revenue shall publish the "gas base rate adjustment" and the "gas tax rate", as determined under this Subparagraph in the official journal of the state of Louisiana by May first of each year and shall provide the "gas base rate adjustment" and the "gas tax rate" to affected producers by written notice mailed sixty days prior to the effective date thereof, but failure to make such publication or to give such notice shall not be a condition for the new gas tax rate which shall nevertheless be effective.

(ii) If publication of the NYMEX Henry Hub average monthly gas price data is discontinued, the "gas tax rate" shall remain that last established under this Subparagraph until a comparable method for determining the "gas tax rate" is adopted by the legislature.

(iii) If the base data of the NYMEX Henry Hub average monthly gas price is substantially revised, the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources shall make appropriate adjustment to insure that the "gas base rate adjustment" is reasonably consistent with the result which would have been attained had such substantial revision not been made. If the secretary is unable to make reasonable changes sufficient to insure a consistent result, the "gas tax rate" shall remain that last established under this Subparagraph until a comparable method for determining the "gas tax rate" is adopted by the legislature.

(iv) The provisions of this Subparagraph (d) shall affect only the determination of the rate of the tax on the severance of a quantity of natural gas. They are not intended, nor shall they be construed, to affect any other determination whatsoever including but not limited to the determination of royalty due under mineral leases.

(v) Production of natural gas, gas condensate, and oil from any well drilled to a true vertical depth of more than fifteen thousand feet, where production commences after July 31, 1994, shall be exempt from severance tax, from the date production begins, for twenty-four months or until payout of the well cost, whichever comes first.

(e) The tax shall not accrue on the severance of gas:

(i) Which is subsequently injected into a formation in the state of Louisiana for the purpose of storing by the producer. Gas injected into a formation in the state of Louisiana for the purpose of recycling, repressuring or pressure maintenance, or for any other purpose which increases the ultimate recovery of oil or other hydrocarbons, shall be taxable at the time of initial severance, but the taxpayer injecting such gas, whether he be the initial severer or not, shall be allowed a credit against any tax otherwise currently due at the current tax rate for the volume so injected. If gas on which an exemption or credit as provided for in this Item (i) has been allowed is subsequently severed from the earth, the tax herein provided shall thereupon accrue unless otherwise excluded.

(ii) Originally produced without the state of Louisiana which has been injected into the earth within the state of Louisiana for the purpose set forth in (i) above.

(iii) When produced from oil wells and vented or flared directly into the atmosphere, provided such gas is not otherwise sold.

(iv) Used for drilling fuel in the field where produced, whether used as drilling fuel by the producer of the gas, by the operator of a lease, or by another person, and gas used by the operator as described in R.S. 47:640 on leases operated by such operator for fuel in connection with the operation and development for or production of oil and gas in the field where produced. Gas used for fuel by an operator shall include gas used for heating, separating, producing, dehydrating, compressing, and pumping of oil and gas in the field where the gas is produced provided such gas is not otherwise sold. Gas used for drilling fuel in the field where the gas is produced shall include gas used by the operator or by any other person engaged in drilling in the field where the gas is produced.

(v) Consumed in the production of natural resources in the state of Louisiana.

(vi) When produced from gas wells and vented or flared directly into the atmosphere, provided such gas is not otherwise sold.

(vii) Used in the manufacture of carbon black. Provided that gas injected into an oil well to be used in lifting oil by the method commonly known as gas lift shall not be deemed to be produced from the gas lift well but such gas shall not be taxable unless it is subsequently used for purposes not exempt under this Section.

(10) On sulphur, one dollar and three cents per long ton of two thousand, two hundred forty pounds.

(11) On salt, six cents per ton of two thousand pounds.

(12) On coal, ten cents per ton of two thousand pounds.

(13) On lignite, twelve cents per ton of two thousand pounds.

(14) On ores, ten cents per ton of two thousand pounds.

(15) On marble, twenty cents per ton of two thousand pounds.

(16) On stone, three cents per ton of two thousand pounds.

(17) Repealed by Acts 1997, No. 40, §2.

(18) On sand, six cents per ton of two thousand pounds.

(19) On shells, six cents per ton of two thousand pounds.

(20) On salt content in brine extracted or produced in solution from the soil or water, when the same is used in the manufacture of other products and is not marketed as salt, one-half cent per ton of two thousand pounds.

Acts 1989, 2nd Ex. Sess., No. 13, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1990; Acts 1990, No. 313, §1, eff. July 8, 1990; Acts 1990, No. 387, §1, eff. July 1, 1990; Acts 1990, No. 551, §1, eff. Aug. 1, 1990; Acts 1991, No. 629, §1; Acts 1994, No. 2, §1, eff. June 1, 1994; Acts 1996, No. 16, §1, eff. June 27, 1996; Acts 1997, No. 40, §2; Acts 1998, No. 7, §1, eff. June 22, 1998; Acts 1998, No. 43, §1, eff. June 24, 1998; Acts 2002, No. 74, §1, eff. June 25, 2002; Acts 2003, No. 1, §1, eff. April 30, 2003; Acts 2005, No. 492, §1, eff. July 12, 2005; Acts 2006, No. 38, §1, eff. July 1, 2006.

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