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

Another $450 Million

April 14 has begun the week with another $450 million in total tax collections, according to preliminary figures. This would mark the third day this month that revenue mark has been breached, although revisions due out early tomorrow morning could alter the figure either upward or downward.

So far this month, personal income tax and sales tax receipts appear to be running somewhat below expectations for April, while corporate taxes are consistently running above projections. A clearer picture will come into view as this week proceeds with the deluge of personal tax filings.

Meanwhile, although sales taxes pale in comparison to California's collection of income taxes, they are still a significant source of revenue and also an important barometer of the overall economy. This morning’s positive report on retail shopping is thus good news.
National retail sales jumped 1.1% between February and March, which was the best performance in 1-1/2 years. Although some of this reflected a weather-related bounce not relevant to our state, the general upswing suggests that consumers are more optimistic about the economy and ready to spend.
Consumers were spending more on items across the board. These included spending for cars, furniture, sporting goods equipment, restaurant meals, and merchandise ordered online.   If the job market continues to gradually improve, Californians should keep shopping and help support the State's cash flow.

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