April revenue report: Good numbers for sales tax, motor vehicle excise tax | Prairie Public Broadcasting

April revenue report: Good numbers for sales tax, motor vehicle excise tax

May 21, 2021

North Dakota’s sales tax collections in April were 5.1 percent over the original Legislative revenue forecast from 2019.

Collections were $3.8 million over that forecast, which was adopted before the COVID-19 pandemic.

North Dakota Office of Management and Budget Director Joe Morrissette called that "significant."

"For the biennium to date numbers, in terms of sales tax, we're still slightly below the forecast -- but only by 2 1/2 percent," Morrissette said. "To be only 2 1/2 percent below the original mark, as we see economic recovery and move beyond the pandemic, I think it's a positive story a lot of states wish they could tell."

Through April, the state has collected nearly $1.7 billion in sales tax.

Morrissette said another bright spot in the April report is the motor vehicle excise tax – which was 22.7 percent over the 2019 Legislative forecast. The forecast was $10.6 million, and the actual collections were $13.1 million.

"This is, I believe, the seventh or eighth consecutive month exceeding the original forecast for motor vehicle excise tax," Morrissette said.

For the biennium through April, motor vehicle taxes are 2.7 % ahead of the 2019 forecast.