Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Use Tax Revenues Boosted since Start of TISRAD

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Use Tax Revenues Boosted since Start of TISRAD

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Oklahoma's share of federal highway use tax revenues paid by heavy duty trucks in 1990 was more than double the receipts in 1986, a year prior to enactment of the Trucking Industry Self-Funded Research and Development Program by the Oklahoma Legislature, according to Oklahoma Tax Commission figures.

The program, called TISRAD for short, boosted federal highway use tax collections by 164.8 percent to $20.68 million, compared to $7.8 million in 1986, according to tax commission data compiled by Associated Motor Carriers.

When registration fees are added, total heavy duty truck tax revenues in 1990 came to $53.1 million, up 6.3 percent from $32.4 million in 1986, tax commission figures show.

"In the beginning of the act, we changed the registration base and the registration process for Oklahoma," said Vince Robison, president of Associated Motor Carriers and a consultant to the TISRAD committee.

"And with regard to the tax base, we increased some and we decreased some, in order that the net effect would be the kind of gains that you see today." The changes resulted in a greater efficiency level, prompting more companies to register and tag trucks in Oklahoma, he said, "and we have reduced the administrative cost to the carriers, so that the carriers have benefited from the process also." Under the International Registration Plan, a voluntary agreement participated in by about 40 states, trucking companies that register vehicles in Oklahoma must have a presence or conduct business in the state, Robison said. Registration fee revenues for a state are pro-rated according to the number of fleet miles driven at that state's tax rate.

"I think it's important to understand that while Oklahoma is receiving the money under this new program, those trucks are still out in Chicago, New York, Seattle, Miami or wherever they're working," Robison said.

"So far, we're dealing with about $53 million in revenue that people in Oklahoma don't have to pay, in order to maintain the budget level that we currently have. …

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