The Marginal Well Tax Credit

June 2, 2022 Paige Buxton Graham

Tax Credit

On May 2, 2022 the IRS finalized and released the natural gas reference price used to compute the marginal well credit for the 2021 tax year. Eligible taxpayers can receive a credit of $0.67 per qualified MCF produced during the year.

What is it?

The marginal well tax credit is a production-based tax credit that provides a per-barrel or per-barrel-of-oil equivalents (BOEs) credit for the production of crude oil or qualified natural gas from a qualified marginal well. What is a qualified marginal well, you ask? A qualified marginal well is a marginally producing domestic well under the percentage depletion rules: wells that have average daily production of not more than 15 BOEs.

What else should you know?

The maximum amount of production on which a credit may be claimed is 1,095 BOEs per year, per well. This presents a significant tax savings strategy for owners of qualified stripper wells because the potential credit could be as much as $4,402 in tax savings per qualified well. There is no limit on the amount of qualified wells taxpayers can use to determine the credit. The marginal well credit is part of the general business credit and can only be used to offset general tax liabilities; the credit cannot offset alternative minimum tax liabilities. Any unused credit can be carried back five years and can be carried forward for 20 years.

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If you would like more information about the Marginal Well Tax Credit and how it could potentially benefit your business, please contact the author of this article, Paige Buxton Graham. You may also contact Jeff Koweno, Energy Practice Lead, or any other member of the HoganTaylor Energy practice.

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