Notice Number:12-02
Tax Type:Mineral Severance Tax
Brief Description:2012 Mineral Severance Tax Legislative Update
Approval Date:11/01/2012


Revised Notice 12-02
(November 2012)

2012 Mineral Severance Tax Legislative Update

During the 2012 Legislative Session House Bill 2117 was passed and signed into law. Changes made by the Bill affect the mineral severance tax in Kansas.

The mineral severance tax is imposed by K.S.A. 79-4217. The law in effect prior to July 1, 2012 provided an exemption for the first 24 months of production of oil or gas from a “pool”. The term “pool” is defined in K.S.A. 79-4217(b)(4) to mean “an underground accumulation of oil or gas in a single and separate natural reservoir characterized by a single pressure system so that production from one part of the pool affects the reservoir pressure throughout its extent”.

Section 29 of the Bill amends K.S.A. 79-4217(b)(4) to limit the 24 month exemption to “the severance of gas or oil from any pool from which oil or gas was first produced on or after April 1, 1983, and prior to July 1, 2012 . . .” As a result of this language, gas or oil which is first produced on or after July 1, 2012 will not be exempt from the mineral severance tax. There is, however, an exception to this new rule for oil production.

Section 29 of the Bill also amends K.S.A. 79-4217 to create new subsection (b)(5). This subsection provides that, with regard to new oil pools, the 24 month exemption is available for initial production occurring on or after July 1, 2012, but only if production from the pool does not exceed 50 barrels per day, as certified by the Corporation Commission and the Director of Taxation. The Department is interpreting the production limitation to be 50 barrels per well in the pool, per day. If production exceeds this limit the well will not qualify for the exemption. The Department will base the 50 barrels per well per day calculation on the average daily severance and production of oil for such producing well, which well has not been significantly curtailed by reason of mechanical failure or other disruption of production, during the initial six-month production period, commencing with the date of first production from such well. If the date of first production for a well occurs other that the first day of the calendar month, then the average daily production calculation shall be based on the prorated production for the first and final calendar months in that initial production period, as necessary. For example, if the date of first production for a well in a new pool commences on August 15, 2012, the initial six-month production period shall be August 15, 2012 to February 15, 2013, and the production for the initial and final calendar months of production in that period shall be prorated.

For any well that has qualified for this exemption, if the average daily severance and production of oil from such well exceeds 50 barrels per day within any qualifying one-month production period after the initial qualifying production period, the exemption for such well shall be terminated as of the commencement of such one-month production period.

The Kansas Department of Revenue will assign a lease well number to each well that has been certified as a new pool by the Kansas Corporation Commission. When encountering a well that has multiple formations, each certified as a new pool, the Department requires that production be allocated separately on the Mineral Severance Tax Report.

Section 29 of the Bill eliminates the “new pool” 24 month exemption for all new gas pools, regardless of the amount of gas produced. There is a 24 month exemption for new oil pools, but only if oil production from the pool does not exceed 50 barrels, per well, per day.
Taxpayer Assistance

Additional copies of this notice, forms or publications are available from our web site, If you have questions about mineral severance tax, please contact:
Taxpayer Assistance Center
Kansas Department of Revenue
915 SW Harrison St., 1st Floor
Topeka, KS 66612-1588
Phone: 785-368-8222
Hearing Impaired TTY: 785-296-6461
Fax: 785-291-3614

Date Composed: 06/29/2012 Date Modified: 11/14/2012