- Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Nicole St. Peter Mac Dermott
(Boston, MA)- Revenue Commissioner Mark Nunnelly today announced that preliminary revenue collections for January 2016 totaled $2.588 billion, $110 million or 4.4 percent more than the state took in January 2015.
For the purpose of this revenue release and going forward in Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16), the “benchmark” refers to the newly-revised January 2016 benchmark.
On January 14, 2016, Administration and Finance Secretary Kristen Lepore announced an upward revision for FY16 revenue collections of $140 million in conjunction with the Fiscal Year 2017 consensus revenue agreement. Accordingly, the yearly benchmark has been adjusted to $25.751, up from $25.611 billion.
Revenue collections for January would be $78 million above the previous monthly benchmark. Under the revised benchmark, January monthly revenue came in $48 million above what was expected.
“January closed above expectations largely due to strong performance in withholding, which was partly driven by bonus-related income payments,” Commissioner Nunnelly said. “We must continue to monitor revenues closely as a significant portion of the month’s revenues could be due to temporary or timing-related factors, which may not recur in upcoming months.”
Revenues were $48 million above benchmark for January largely due to strong income tax withholding collections and corporate and business tax collections. These combined offset weak income tax cash estimated payments. It appears that more taxpayers have shifted their estimated payments from January to December this year as compared to last year.
Seven months into the fiscal year, year-to-date revenues total $14.306 billion, $526 million or 3.8 percent more than last year at this time. Excluding the $26.9 million in large one-time tax settlements received year-to-date, tax collections totaled $14.279 billion, $621 million or 4.5 percent above last year at this time and $48 million above benchmark.