Personal income tax revenue is back up again in the latest round of monthly reports from the state budget office. But as Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports, the overall numbers are right on target.
The state’s personal income tax
haul for the annual tax return month of April was up nearly 12 percent, and the commercial activity tax that businesses pay was up 35 percent. That's after mising estimates by nearly 90 percent for March.Non-auto sales taxes were up a little over 1.5 percent – that’s been a weak area for this fiscal year.But a weakness in the April report was alcohol sales taxes – down 36 percent from forecasts. Overall, tax numbers are just a half percent off estimates, which means a slight surplus more than halfway through the fiscal year.At this time last year, state lawmakers were having to trim $800 million from their budget because tax revenues were so far off estimates.