Frequently Asked Questions
Severance/Severance Application Questions
When trying to register in Severance, after clicking on "Register Now", it keeps returning to the Online Options page.
A possible issue is that SPAM/PopUp Blockers and Browser Cookie Settings are interfering with LaWage and Severance applications. To resolve the issue you should do the following:
- In IE browser under "Internet Options" select the "Privacy" tab, then select "Advanced Privacy Settings". Within the Cookies frame, you must select "Override automatic cookie handling" in order to set the "Prompt" option under both the First-party Cookies and the Third-party Cookies.
General & runtime errors in Severance:
Ensure you have the newest version of the program:
- Uninstall the current version of the application
- Go to http://revenue.louisiana.gov/EServices/SeveranceNotice/, provide your information and click the "Download Program" button
- Install the application from the downloaded file
How to determine my operating system?
Click on the start button at the lower left hand corner on the task bar. Click “Run.” In the text box next to where it says “Open,” type “Winver.exe.” Click on OK. The OS version and service packs will popup.
When I click the download button, the software wants to install an old version of Severance?
This is an issue with the browser cache in your web browser. To fix, open Internet Explorer, click on Tools/Internet Options. Then click on “Delete Files.” Also, you can go to an alternate download site: https://webtax2.rev.louisiana.gov/severanceVB6/download/download.aspx, and download and install the software.
I get a message box saying that I don’t have a connection to the Internet, when I actually do have a connection.
There may be a proxy server on your network. The original software version wasn’t configured for a proxy server. To fix, simply download and install the latest version of the software.
What do I do to set up arrangements to pay an outstanding tax liability?
You may download an installment agreement from the website or contact our office at (225) 219-0102.
What is the severance tax rate for natural gas?
Louisiana Revised Statute 47:633(9) provides that the tax rate for natural gas and equivalent gas volumes of natural gasoline, casinghead gasoline, and other natural gas liquids including ethane, methane, butane or propane is per 1,000 cubic feet at a base pressure of 15.025 pounds per square inch absolute and at 60 degrees Fahrenheit is adjusted annually on July 1 and may never be less than 7 cents.
The tax rates for the current years are as follows:
Full-Rate Per MCF 7/07 through 6/08 $.269 7/08 through 6/09 $.288 7/09 through 6/10 $.331 7/10 through 6/11 $.164 7/11 through 6/12 $.164 7/12 through 6/13 $.148 7/13 through 6/14 $.118 7/14 through 6/15 $.163 7/15 through 7/16 $.158 7/16 through 7/17 $.098 7/17 through 7/18 $.111 Incapable oil well gas $.03 Incapable gas well gas $.013
Who is responsible for paying the oilfield site restoration fee?
Louisiana Revised Statute 30:87 imposes the oilfield site restoration fee. The fee for full rate oil and gas production is one and one-half cents per barrel on crude oil and condensate or three-tenths of one cent per 1,000 cubic feet on natural gas and casing head gas. The fee for reduced rate oil and gas production such as stripper wells and incapable wells is in the same proportion to the oil or gas full rate production fees as the reduced rate severance tax is to the full rate severance tax.
The oilfield site restoration fee must be paid by the operator of record. Louisiana Administrative Code 61:I.5301.E.3 provides that “Every operator of record of producing oil and/or gas wells must submit a return and make payments of the fees imposed by R.S. 30:87. Purchasers of oil and/or gas may make payment for the operator of record and their respective working-interest owners."
When the natural gas severance tax rate is adjusted annually on July 1st, which month is the first month affected by the change?
The new natural gas severance tax rate applies to July gas production, which is reported and the tax paid on or before September 25th.
What are the Parish Codes that need to be provided on the various Severance Tax reporting forms?
The codes assigned to the various parishes are:
CODE PARISH CODE PARISH CODE PARISH 01 ACADIA 23 IBERIA 45 ST CHARLES 02 ALLEN 24 IBERVILLE 46 ST HELENA 03 ASCENSION 25 JACKSON 47 ST JAMES 04 ASSUMPTION 26 JEFFERSON 48 ST JOHN 05 AVOYELLES 27 JEFFERSON DAVIS 49 ST LANDRY 06 BEAUREGARD 28 LAFAYETTE 50 ST MARTIN 07 BIENVILLE 29 LAFOURCHE 51 ST MARY 08 BOSSIER 30 LASALLE 52 ST TAMMANY 09 CADDO 31 LINCOLN 53 TANGIPAHOA 10 CALCASIEU 32 LIVINGSTON 54 TENSAS 11 CALDWELL 33 MADISON 55 TERREBONNE 12 CAMERON 34 MOREHOUSE 56 UNION 13 CATAHOULA 35 NATCHITOCHES 57 VERMILION 14 CLAIBORNE 36 ORLEANS 58 VERNON 15 CONCORDIA 37 OUACHITA 59 WASHINGTON 16 DESOTO 38 PLAQUEMINES 60 WEBSTER 17 EAST BATON ROUGE 39 POINTE COUPEE 61 WEST BATON ROUGE 18 EAST CARROLL 40 RAPIDES 62 WEST CARROLL 19 EAST FELICIANA 41 RED RIVER 63 WEST FELICIANA 20 EVANGELINE 42 RICHLAND 64 WINN 21 FRANKLIN 43 SABINE 65 UNKNOWN 22 GRANT 44 ST BERNARD
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