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U.S. Posts Biggest Budget Deficit Since 2012

Post by T on Mon Mar 12, 2018 5:55 pm

U.S. Posts Biggest Budget Deficit Since 2012

* Revenue fell 9%, spending rose 2% in February: Treasury data
* Wider gap could fuel concerns about tax cut-driven debt load


The U.S. recorded a $215 billion budget deficit in February -- its biggest in six years -- as revenue declined.

Fiscal income dropped to $156 billion, down 9 percent from a year earlier, while spending rose 2 percent to $371 billion, the Treasury Department said on Monday. The deficit for the fiscal year that began in October widened to $391 billion, compared with a $351 billion shortfall the same period a year earlier, according to the Treasury report.

The data underscore concerns by some economists that Republican tax cuts enacted this year could increase the U.S. government debt load, which has surpassed $20 trillion. The tax changes are expected to reduce federal revenue by more than $1 trillion over the next decade, while a $300 billion spending deal reached by Congress in February could push the deficit higher.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin  clown has said the tax cuts will pay for themselves through faster economic growth. bounce  

A combination of higher income tax refunds and a drop in the withholding of individual income and payroll taxes led to the reduction in receipts, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office released last week.

“Increases in wages and salaries were more than offset by a decline in the share of wages withheld for taxes,” the CBO said. That trend reflects new guidance issued in January by the Internal Revenue Service over how much of employees’ paychecks should be withheld based on the new tax rules, according to the CBO.

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Post by T on Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:44 am

Hey, you retired (and about to retire) Trumpery nuts.

Federal budget rescission is in the works.  The Republicans are coming after your Social Security and Medicare benefits.   affraid

It's going to be a b*tch having to go back to work. rage

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