Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Federal Tax Revenues Rising: 23% for Individuals


From today's (tomorrow?) Wall Street Journal (1/12/2011):

"It hasn't received much, if any, media attention, but there's some good budget news to report for a change. Federal tax revenues are rising briskly again, which should allow progress against deficits if the politicians can control their spending appetites.

The Congressional Budget Office reported last week that federal tax receipts climbed in December by $18 billion, following somewhat smaller gains in the previous two months. For the first quarter of fiscal 2011, revenues have climbed by $44 billion, or nearly 9%, to $531 billion. Especially encouraging is that these revenue gains came predominantly from individual income taxes, which rose 23% in the first three months to $256 billion (see chart above). Individual tax receipts continued to fall in 2010 even as corporate receipts rose, so the current increase is a sign that wages and bonuses are rising again for workers who have a job. 

If Republicans in Congress can whittle away at spending while the economy throws off more revenue, the deficit should begin to decline again after the record chasms under Nancy Pelosi's Democrats. The keys are to cut spending and keep growth alive."

Thanks to Bob Wright for the tip. 

Update: Many states are also reporting rising tax revenues in December including Oklahoma, Kentucky, Nebraska, Georgia, Arkansas, and Massachusetts

1 Comments:

At 1/12/2011 3:50 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> Federal tax revenues are rising briskly again, which should allow progress against deficits if the politicians can control their spending appetites.

Oh, yeah, that's gonna happen.

Pardon me while I go invest some money in reinforced umbrellas.

People are going to clearly need 'em desperately to protect themselves from the falling poop of the new porcine aerialists...

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home