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[IWS] CBO: INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX RECEIPTS AND THE INDIVIDUAL TAX BASE--AUGUST 2014 BASELINE [27 August 2014]

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Congressional Budget Office (CBO)

 

INDIVIDUAL INCOME TAX RECEIPTS AND THE INDIVIDUAL TAX BASE--AUGUST 2014 BASELINE [27 August 2014]

http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45668

or

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/TaxReceipts_0.xlsx

 

see also--

AN UPDATE TO THE BUDGET AND ECONOMIC OUTLOOK: 2014 to 2024 [27 August 2014]

http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45653

or

http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45653-OutlookUpdate_2014_Aug.pdf

[full-text, 81 pages]

 

[excerpt]

The federal budget deficit has fallen sharply during the past few years, and it is on a path to decline further this year and next year. However, later in the coming decade, if current laws governing federal taxes and spending generally remained unchanged, revenues would grow only slightly faster than the economy and spending would increase more rapidly, according to CBO's projections. Consequently, relative to the size of the economy, deficits would grow and federal debt would climb.

 

CBO's budget projections are built upon its economic forecast, which anticipates that the economy will grow slowly this year, on balance, and then at a faster but still moderate pace over the next few years. The gap between the nation's output and its potential (maximum sustainable) output will narrow to its historical average by the end of 2017, CBO expects, largely eliminating the underutilization of labor that currently exists. As the economy strengthens over the next few years, inflation is expected to remain below the Federal Reserve's goal, and interest rates on Treasury securities, which have been exceptionally low since the recession, are projected to rise considerably.

 

The Budget Deficit Continues to Shrink in 2014, but Federal Debt Is Still Growing

The federal budget deficit for fiscal year 2014 will amount to $506 billion, CBO estimates, roughly $170 billion lower than the shortfall recorded in 2013. At 2.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), this year's deficit will be much smaller than those of recent years (which reached almost 10 percent of GDP in 2009) and slightly below the average of federal deficits over the past 40 years. However, by CBO's estimates, federal debt held by the public will reach 74 percent of GDP at the end of this fiscal year—more than twice what it was at the end of 2007 and higher than in any year since 1950.

 

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