Record sales-tax revenue erroneously reported by state
BY BARBARA HOBEROCK World Staff Writer
Thursday, January 17, 2013
1/17/13 at 4:24 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - A record for Oklahoma sales-tax collections was not set in December, as state officials previously reported.
The state Office of Management and Enterprise Services reported Tuesday that sales-tax collections for December were a record $172 million, beating the prior record of $165.4 million.
However, an error at the Oklahoma Tax Commission resulted in the inclusion of funds remitted to cities and counties when they should not have been included in the state total, said John Estus, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.
The correct figure for December sales-tax collections going to the state's general revenue funds is $163.1 million, Estus said.
While the figure is not a record, it is still a strong number, he said.
"We deeply regret the error," said Tax Commission Executive Director Tony Mastin. "The revenue report released Tuesday by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services correctly reported and analyzed the figures the Tax Commission provided. The figures the Tax Commission provided were inaccurate."
Mastin said the problem in its reporting system has been corrected.
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