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Governor Fallin signs income tax cut into law, takes effect 2015

Governor Mary Fallin signed the income tax reduction bill into law which promises a tax cut for most Oklahomans.

House Bill 2032 would cut the top income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5.0 percent on January 1, 2015.

It would cut the rate further, to 4.85 percent, in 2016.

Fallin said the income tax cut was an important tool for job creation and economic development. “One of the first questions I get when I am talking to business owners throughout the country is, ‘if I come to Oklahoma, are you going to raise my taxes?’” Fallin said. “Passing a significant and responsible tax cut will help us to recruit these businesses and retain the ones we already have. Our tax cut will ultimately lead to more job opportunities for all Oklahomans.”

The second cut is contingent on total revenue growth in fiscal year 2016 being equal to or greater than the fiscal impact of a 0.15 percent tax cut. Fallin said including that language in the bill ensures that Oklahoma does not lose the revenue it needs to fund key government services.

The bill also provides for a total of $120 million to fund repairs to the Oklahoma State Capitol beginning this year.

Speaker Shannon and Pro Tem Bingman co-authored the bill and say the income tax cuts will boost the economy.

“The way you grow an economy is by letting hard working people keep more of their hard earned money,” said Shannon, R-Lawton. “Oklahoma has proven this conservative principle to be true over the past 15 years. By lowering the income tax rate, we are attracting skilled and educated workers to our state and making Oklahoma a leader in business and economic growth.”

Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said, “This is the right time to responsibly reduce the tax burden on Oklahoma families. Businesses in the private sector are looking for certainty in this economy especially with so much uncertainty coming from our nation’s capital. By passing a tax cut now, the state of Oklahoma is sending a clear signal to businesses around the country looking to expand or relocate. We’re committed to lower taxes, to limited government, and we are open for business.”

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