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Motor Fuel Session The Big Picture and Data Reporting

November 16, 2004


The Big Picture


The Big Picture II


Background

Uses of State motor fuel data:

Importance


Apportionments

Funds for several FHWA programs are apportioned to the States:

Under TEA-21, about $12 billion (40% of Federal Highway Programs) was annually apportioned based on motor fuel data.


Apportionment and Motor. Fuel Data:

Programs:


The Attribution Process


How Attribution Works I: State-by-State contributions to the Federal Highway Trust Fund are not available from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)


How Attribution Works II:


How Attribution Works III


How Attribution Works IV


How Attributrion Works V

For the federal truck taxes:

Attribution to each State is in proportion to the highway use of special fuels


Attribution and Data Quality


In Summary:

Processes:

Importance:

FHWA needs your commitment


FHWA Motor Fuel Reporting:

Accomplishments, Challenges, and Changing Environment


Accomplishments:


Accomplished: Re-Assessment

Time Line: Began in late 1998 and shortly after TEA-21 passed

Methodology:


Accomplished: Re-Assessment

General Accounting Office (GAO)

GAO identified several actions


Accomplished: Re-Assessment

FHWA identified areas for further study/revision:

Publication: Attribution and Apportionment of Federal Highway Tax Revenues: Process Refinements


Accomplished: Input Procedures

Implemented a submittal process:

Computer security requirements:


Accomplished: MF Reviews


Accomplished: Data verification

  1. Process review versus data verification
  2. Why verify?
  1. Verification memo

Accomplished: Publications


Accomplished: Revised Guide to Reporting Highway Statistics


Challenges:


Challenges: MF Reviews

Quality of reviews/Quality improvements:

Risk Assessment


U.S. map showing Motor Fuel Review status: Review complete = 25 States, Review Undersay = 8 States, No Review 1 State, and Review needs improvement = 16 States.


Challenges: Communication

  1. November workshops on Highway Statistics
  2. January-February motor fuel workshops
  3. Special request/event video conferences

Challenges: Verification of Data


Challenges: Communication II

Community of Practice:

http://knowledge.fhwa.dot.gov/cops/hcx.nsf/home?openformgroup=motor%20 fuel%20reporting/htf%20attribution


Changing Environment:


Changing Environment: Reauthorization


Changing Environment:.Reporting & Analysis Changes

FHWA will be treating some data differently:

Reporting changes:


Changing Environment:.Gasohol Revenue

Hot topic in reauthorization.

American Jobs Creation Act of 2004:


Changing Environment:.Fuel Tax Evasion

Federal law changes:

Contact: Linda Morris at FHWA (Linda.Morris@fhwa.dot.gov)


In Summary

Identified and discussed:


FHWA Motor Fuel Reporting:

Data Submittal Process and Discussion of Improvements


Background I


Background - II

  1. Spreadsheet view
  2. Wizard view
  3. Direct XML

Instructions for reporting - Guide to Reporting Highway Statistics - Chapter 2


Motor Fuel Reporting: We begin here.


Motor Fuel Reporting

  1. Gallons from tax returns of seller
  2. Depending on point of taxation in State: a) Terminal holders b) Wholesalers and c) Retailers

Motor Fuel Reporting

Gasoline and Gasohol Gross Volume Reported Includes:


Motor Fuel Reporting

Diesel and LPG Gross Volume Reported Includes:


Motor Fuel Reporting

Other State Fuel Data:


Motor Fuel Reporting

Consistency in Data Entries:


Motor Fuel Reporting

New Feature in DBMS:


Motor Fuel Reporting


Motor Fuel Reporting


Motor Fuel Reporting

Form Section Defaults Allows you to:


Motor Fuel Reporting- Conclusions

 


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