California State Controller John Chiang offers this daily tax tracker to follow personal income taxes, sales and use taxes and corporate taxes -- the three major sources of revenue for the State.

The site will be updated regularly throughout each business day. Preliminary posts use dollar figures from tax administration agencies, while the following day the Controller will post reconciled (actual cash) figures. The latest figures are always available via direct download. Preliminary sales tax figures, along with personal income tax withholdings will be available by 10:30 a.m., followed by total personal income and corporate tax receipts, along with final sales tax numbers between 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. the same business day.

The chart on the right of this screen tracks the cumulative total of income, sales and corporate tax and compares it against estimated benchmarks for the month.

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Big Week for the Franchise Tax Board

Bleary-eyed Californians will be pulling all nighters this week to complete their tax returns.  Their efforts will be critical to the State’s cash coffers. Last year, the five days surrounding the April 15th tax deadline netted $8.1 billion. This represented 65% of the total collected for all of April. Some of last year’s tax surge reflected the impact of higher tax rates approved by voters in November 2012, which were made retroactive to the beginning of the year.

With no change in tax rates during the past year, this year’s personal income tax take is likely to trail last year's. Nevertheless, this will again be a vitally important few days for the State’s finances.

For the 2013 tax year, FTB will likely process roughly 15 million returns from residents. For a little perspective, for the 1947 tax year FTB had 784,709 residents' returns with a liability of $45.4 million. In 2011 (the last year for comparable data), FTB had 15,042,359 returns with a liability of $43.9 billion. That represents an average annual growth rate for returns of nearly 5 percent and for liability of over 11 percent.

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