Government Collects Record-High Taxes in First 10 Months of FY 2015

Despite collecting $2.6 trillion, government still runs $465B deficit

August 13, 2015

The federal government collected a record amount of taxes in the first 10 months of fiscal year 2015, exceeding $2.6 trillion in revenue, according to the latest monthly Treasury Department statement. Despite the record revenue, the federal government ran a deficit of $465 billion.

Treasury receipts include tax revenue from individual income taxes, corporate income taxes, social insurance and retirement taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, excise taxes, estate and gift taxes, customs duties, and other miscellaneous items.

In the first 10 months of fiscal year 2015, the amount of taxes collected by the federal government outpaced the first 10 months of all previous fiscal years, even after adjusting for inflation. The 2015 fiscal year begins Oct. 1, 2014 and runs through Sept. 30, 2015.

The federal government collected $2.6 trillion from October through July in fiscal year 2015. Most of the money came from individual income taxes, which comprised nearly half of that total, totaling $1.27 trillion.

The Treasury Department has been tracking these data on its website since 1998. In that fiscal year, the federal government collected about $2 trillion in inflation-adjusted revenue in the first 10 months. This means that since 1998, tax revenues have increased about 30 percent.

Although the federal government brought in a record of approximately $2.6 trillion in revenue in the first ten months of fiscal 2015, according to the Treasury, it also spent approximately $3.1 trillion, leaving a deficit of approximately $465 billion.