Corporate Income Tax
Due to U.S. law, information about companies’ individual income tax payments is confidential. However, there are two key sources of publicly available information about federal income taxes for the extractive industries: the government and the filings of companies that are publicly listed.
Tax information from government sources
As mandated by the Revenue Act of 1916, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) publishes statistics related to “the operations of the internal revenue laws” as they affect individuals, corporations, and other entities. The IRS Statistics of Income (SOI) program is responsible for executing this function by collecting, processing, and presenting this data, and then sharing information about how the tax system works with other government agencies and the general public.
SOI presents the data in various ways for corporations, including by size, type of return, and sector or industry. The data by sector or industry is aggregated by NAICS
Corporate income tax receipts
|Industry||Total receipts (in millions USD)2|
|Oil and gas extraction||1,424||2,152||1,811||1,642||1,943|
|Metal ore mining||866||1,573||1,945||1,329||755|
|Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying||181||158||183||233||222|
|Support activities for mining||1,153||1,494||1,677||1,800||1,944|
|Petroleum and coal products manufacturing3||$1,897||$5,126||$7,630||$9,223||$6,908|
|Petroleum refineries (including integrated)||1,772||4,865||7,402||9,064||6,631|
Tax information from company filings
Publicly listed companies are required to report tax information in a variety of ways in their annual financial statement filings, including on their statements of cash flows, income statements, and balance sheets. Depending on the geographic scope of a company’s activities, it may be subject to income taxes at the federal, state, local, or foreign levels, which are generally reported as a single aggregate sum of the various types of tax paid during a financial reporting period.
Companies that are not publicly listed are generally not required to publish any of these tax disclosures.
In 2010, the United States enacted the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires listed extractive companies to separately disclose information about payments to governments around the world, including their federal corporate income tax payments. The Securities and Exchange Commission is rewriting the rule and has stated that it will be proposed in the spring of 2016. Once finalized, publicly traded companies will report according to the law and the rule.
Statistics on corporate income taxes relative to companies performing extractive activities are generally classified under the NAICS Mining major industry. In addition, integrated companies that operate in both the downstream extractive and refining spaces are classified under the NAICS Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing major industry. ↩
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing encompasses an additional industry subcategory, Asphalt paving, roofing, other petroleum and coal products, which as exluded because it is outside the scope of EITI.↩