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News July Revenue Collections Total $1.442 Billion

8/02/2011
  • Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Stephen J. Dukeman
dukeman@dor.state.ma.us
617-626-4247

Monthly collection is up $89 million or 6.6% over last July and $60 million above monthly benchmark

Revenue Commissioner Navjeet K. Bal today announced that preliminary revenue collections for July 2011 totaled $1.442 billion, up 6.6 percent from a year ago

Total tax collections were $60 million above the July monthly benchmark based on the FY12 revenue estimate of $20.636 billion, which reflects the FY12 consensus revenue estimate of $20.525 billion adjusted for the impact of FY12 revenue initiatives enacted as part of the FY12 budget. The FY12 revenue estimate will be further adjusted downwards by $20.5 million to reflect the impact of the recently passed sales tax holiday.

"The month's revenue growth came from greater than forecast withholding, which is a good sign of continuing economic recovery, as well as estate tax collections," said DOR Commissioner Bal, who noted that July is a relatively small tax collection month with no quarterly estimated payments due for most business and individual taxpayers. The Commonwealth received several one-time estate tax payments in July, totaling $25 million.

July income tax collections totaled $792 million, up $71 million or 9.9 percent from July 2010, $41 million above the benchmark. Withholding collections alone were $42 million above benchmark. Sales tax collections totaled $449 million, down $1 million or 0.2 percent from a year ago and at benchmark. Corporate and business tax collections, normally small in July, totaled $48 million, the same as a year ago and $1 million below benchmark.

FY2011 Year-to-Date Tax Revenue through July 31, 2011 

July 2011 Tax Collection Summary (preliminary as of August 2, 2011) 

Massachusetts Department of Revenue  

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