Oil Companies Reap Billions from Subsidies

Cleanup Workers in Grand Isle, LA, positioning absorbent material as part of the cleanup effort.

The New York Times has a fascinating article on exactly how oil companies are taxed:

With federal officials now considering a new tax on petroleum production to pay for the cleanup, the industry is fighting the measure, warning that it will lead to job losses and higher gasoline prices, as well as an increased dependence on foreign oil.

But an examination of the American tax code indicates that oil production is among the most heavily subsidized businesses, with tax breaks available at virtually every stage of the exploration and extraction process.

According to the most recent study by the Congressional Budget Office, released in 2005, capital investments like oil field leases and drilling equipment are taxed at an effective rate of 9 percent, significantly lower than the overall rate of 25 percent for businesses in general and lower than virtually any other industry.

Oil Companies Reap Billions from Subsidies [NYTimes]

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