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State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.7 Billion In June

State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $2.7 Billion in June.

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.67 billion in June, which is 6.5 percent less than in June 2019.

The majority of June sales tax revenue is based on May’s sales and remitted to the agency in June. The state relaxed general social distancing requirements across much of Texas in May.

“The decline in-state sales tax collections was driven principally by steep drops in remittances from oil- and gas-related sectors,” Hegar said. “Collections from the construction and amusement service sectors were also sharply down.

“While collections from restaurants also were depressed, the extent of the decline was checked by increased takeout and delivery sales. Retail trade receipts rose significantly, buoyed by increased online shopping and building material purchases, as they modified business premises for COVID-19 precautions.

“Retail sales likely also were boosted by increased alcoholic beverage sales at the package, grocery, and convenience stores. This category of spending shifted from the restaurant and bars on-premise consumption, subject to mixed beverage taxes, to purchases for at-home consumption subject to sales tax. Increased spending by businesses to facilitate teleworking resulted in higher tax collections from vendors of computer hardware and software products.”

Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in June 2020 was down 9.7 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Sales tax is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 57 percent of all tax collections. Still, the economic slowdown and low oil prices were also evident in other sources of revenue in June 2020.

Texas collected the following revenue from other significant taxes:

  • Motor vehicle sales and rental fees — $394 million, down 7.6 percent from June 2019, a substantial improvement from results in April and May;
  • Motor fuel taxes — $250 million, down 24 percent from June 2019;
  • Natural gas production tax — $20 million, down 84 percent from June 2019;
  • Oil production tax — $83 million, down 77 percent from June 2019;
  • Hotel occupancy tax — $23 million, down 61 percent from June 2019, an improvement from the record decline in May; and
  • Alcoholic beverage taxes — $65 million, down 47 percent from June 2019, significantly better than May’s results

For details on all monthly collections, visit the Comptroller’s Monthly State Revenue Watch. For an extensive history of tax policy developments and fees since 1972, visit our updated Sources of Revenue publication.