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CBO: Government runs biggest monthly surplus ever in April
American Thinker, May 8, 2018, Rick Moran

The Congressional Budget Office is reporting that the federal government took in $515 billion in April. With outlays only $218 billion, the $190 billion surprlus represents the largest in history.

What's more, the CBO said that the surplus was $40 billion more than expected.

Washington Times:  (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/may/7/cbo-says-april-was-best-month-history-us-budget/)

Analysts said they’ll have a better idea of what’s behind the surge as more information rolls in, but for now said it looks like individual taxpayers are paying more because they have higher incomes.

“Those payments were mostly related to economic activity in 2017 and may reflect stronger-than-expected income growth in that year,” the analysts said in their monthly budget review. “Part of the strength in receipts also may reflect larger-than-anticipated payments for economic activity in 2018. The reasons for the added revenues will be better understood as more detailed information becomes available later this year.”

Official numbers are due out from the Treasury Department in a few days, but the CBO is usually accurate to within a couple billion dollars.

April is always a strong month for government finances, with taxpayers filing their returns for the previous year and settling up what they owe, even as expenditures often dip for the month.

But this year was particularly strong, with receipts jumping 13 percent compared to a year ago.

The news couldn’t come at a better time for President Trump and congressional Republicans, who were facing major questions about the damage last year’s tax-cut package might do to future deficits. Just a month ago the CBO projected that the deficit would quickly soar back to $1 trillion a year.

So far, seven months into fiscal year 2018, the government is running a $382 billion deficit.


Read more:  https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/05/cbo_government_runs_biggest_monthly_surplus_ever_in_april_.html


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