Budget & Tax

Curtis Shelton | March 27, 2023

Fast facts on Oklahoma state and local taxes

Curtis Shelton

In 2020, Oklahoma’s total state tax collections were $10.5 billion. Local sales and property taxes totaled $6.7 billion. In all, then, Oklahomans paid $17.2 billion in state and local taxes.

With 3.98 million people in the state, per capita tax collections were $4,331. That means a typical family of four paid $17,324 in state and local taxes. This is after all other credits, deductions, and exemptions are considered. Some of these larger tax-relief options used in Oklahoma are the child-care tax credit that paid out $43 million, the EITC ($16 million), and the zero-emissions tax credit ($88 million).

By way of comparison, the proposed school-choice tax credit in HB 1935 would provide $10,000 in tax relief for a family of four choosing private education, leaving the typical family still paying $7,324.

Oklahoma’s per capita income in 2020 was $49,878, according to the state’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Curtis Shelton Policy Research Fellow

Curtis Shelton

Policy Research Fellow

Curtis Shelton currently serves as a policy research fellow for OCPA with a focus on fiscal policy. Curtis graduated Oklahoma State University in 2016 with a Bachelors of Arts in Finance. Previously, he served as a summer intern at OCPA and spent time as a staff accountant for Sutherland Global Services.

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