United States (Gulf of Mexico) upstream fiscal summary
The fiscal regime currently applicable for Federal OCS areas in the US comprises three key elements: signature bonus, royalty and federal corporate income tax (FIT). Signature bonus bids are used as the basis of lease awards and have been very high in recent years, particularly for certain deepwater leases. Royalty rates are fixed for each lease but the rate has been increased in recent years. Deepwater leases can benefit from a royalty-free volume allowance, which varies according to water...