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Controller Reports November Revenues Exceed Expectations as Retail Sales Remain Strong

December 18, 2017

State Controller Betty T. Yee reported on December 11 that California’s total revenues of $8.31 billion for November were $449.8 million above expectations, powered by strong retail sales. Personal income tax (PIT), the largest state revenue source, fell short by nearly $200 million.

For the first five months of the 2017-18 fiscal year, total revenues of $40.96 billion are outpacing budget projections by 2.5 percent, with retail sales and use taxes and corporation tax beating expectations.

Sales tax receipts of $3.30 billion for November were $538.1 million higher than anticipated in the budget. For the fiscal year, sales tax receipts of $10.16 billion are $733.4 million above budget estimates.

Corporation taxes for November came in at negative $18.9 million as refunds outpaced receipts. That is not unusual, as there also was a negative for corporation taxes last November and the Department of Finance estimated negatives for the month in both years. However, this year’s shortfall was better than expected, leading total corporation tax receipts for the month to beat budget estimates by $89.2 million, or 83 percent. For the fiscal year to date, total corporation tax receipts of $1.79 billion are $233.1 million above assumptions in the 2017-18 Budget Act.

PIT receipts for November totaled $4.64 billion, 4.0 percent below projections. For the fiscal year, PIT receipts of $27.60 billion are under budget estimates by 0.1 percent.

Unused borrowable resources through November exceeded projections by $2.37 billion, or 12.3 percent. Outstanding loans of $20.15 billion at the end of November were $294.4 million less than 2017-18 Budget Act estimates. This loan balance consists of borrowing from the state’s internal funds.

For more details, read the monthly cash report and the Controller’s California Fiscal Focus newsletter, which discusses expected Federal Reserve rate changes and state laws with fiscal impacts that take effect on January 1.

Source:  California Controller’s Office



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