Government Collects Record-High Taxes in First Three Quarters of FY 2015

Despite collecting $2.4 trillion, government still runs huge deficit


The federal government collected a record amount of taxes in the first three quarters of fiscal year 2015, exceeding $2.4 trillion in revenue, according to the latest monthly Treasury Department statement. Despite the record revenue, the federal government ran a deficit of $313 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 three quarters of fiscal 2015, the amount of taxes collected by the federal government outpaced the first three quarters of all previous fiscal years, even after adjusting for inflation. The 2015 fiscal year begins on Oct. 1, 2014 and runs through Sept. 30, 2015.

The federal government collected $2,446,920,000,000 from October through June in fiscal year 2015. Most of the $2.4 trillion came from individual income taxes, which comprised almost half of that total, totaling $1.1 trillion.

The Treasury Department has been tracking these data on its website since 1998. In that fiscal year, the federal government collected $1.9 trillion in inflation-adjusted revenue in the first nine months. This means that since 1998, tax revenues have increased 26 percent.

Although the federal government brought in a record of approximately $2.4 trillion in revenue in the first nine months of fiscal 2015, according to the Treasury, it also spent approximately $2.7 trillion, leaving a deficit of approximately $313 billion.

Ali Meyer

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Ali Meyer is a staff writer with the Washington Free Beacon covering economic issues that expose government waste, fraud, and abuse. Prior to the Free Beacon, she was a multimedia reporter with where her work appeared on outlets such as Drudge Report and Fox News. She also interned with the Heritage Foundation and Pacific Research Institute. Her Twitter handle is @DJAliMeyer, and her email address is

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