A severance tax review is an analysis of an oil and gas operator’s wells that are in a state that requires a ‘severance tax’ on minerals taken from the ground. There are exemptions unique to each state that allow that tax burden to be reduced. Operators are required to report to the state the actual volume of minerals being removed, which is then taxed at various rates. For this specific tax, there are deductions and exemptions that apply, as well as tax rate applications that are often overlooked or missed by the producer. In many cases, mineral operators pay severance taxes far in excess of what is actually required by the state. Our team is second to none in identifying missed opportunities, and recovering lost tax dollars sending them back to where they belong, your bottom line.
Our Severance Tax Process
WE IDENTIFY REFUNDS
We have an extremely sharp department when it comes time to identify your severance tax filings and any potential for overpayment. We will not come in and just pick the easy to identify low-hanging fruit. We will identify both your liabilities and refund opportunities to give you the full compliance picture.
Unlike other firms, we put you in the driver’s seat when it comes time to file your refund. Sometimes through our thorough work, we do find instances where there is exposure or underpayment of severance tax. In that situation, we bring our findings to you and let you decide what to pursue. We understand the dynamic of letting our clients decide what is best for their business.
WE TRAIN YOUR TEAM
After our work is complete, we train every single one of our clients on our findings so they can begin to identify these types of situations. We believe in adding value to our clients through a relationship and want to make sure they avoid overpaying severance tax going forward.
Our severance tax team is unique and diverse. Having professionals on staff who’ve recently served in various capacities including Comptroller Policy, Revenue Regulatory, to VP of Tax, we maintain an exceptional perspective and can truly analyze your processes from every angle to offer the highest level of expertise through a severance tax review. We also possess state agency relationships and knowledge which allows us to assist you in the best way possible. The majority of our work is performed off-site in our offices and requires minimal time from our clients and their support staff. Our mission with a severance tax review is to leave you better than we found you, to be the trusted advisor that you call anytime you need state tax help or advice.
- We want to look at your process from the field all the way to the financial statement, to fully understand and help improve the flow to tax returns
- We will not come in and just pick the easy to identify low-hanging fruit
- We will identify both your liabilities and refund opportunities to give you the full compliance picture
- Currently representing over 30%+ of the leases in TX & LA and over 40%+ in the Rocky Mountains for property tax, we can minimize the burden of data collection as we share data with our ad valorem group
- We maintain outstanding relationships with all state agencies
- We’ll train you on our findings, adding value to your in house team
State-by-State Severance Tax Comparison Guide
Our team at KE Andrews has compiled a guide to severance tax rates in some of the largest oil and gas producing states. Inside you also will find the exemptions and deductions that these states allow.
Our Clients Say It Best
Our company has engaged KE Andrews for at least the past 20 years to help minimize our property tax liability, in particular in the State of Texas. Over the past couple years or so, they have also filed and successfully obtained for us several substantial Texas severance tax refunds. All in all we have saved and recovered many millions of dollars as a direct result of their efforts.
I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with the Severance Tax department over the last four years as a client of KE Andrews. In that time, their expertise in the area of severance tax has created significant current and long-term value for our company. As a client, I truly appreciate their professionalism and enthusiasm. They are highly determined to provide exceptional service to their clients and are dedicated to finding all possible tax savings opportunities. I highly recommend KE Andrews. They are experts in this field.
Bobby S., MBA,Finance Manager
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