July 31, 2020
In a normal year, April and June are key months for state personal income tax and corporation tax collections, while July is relatively uneventful. This year, however, deadlines for tax payments typically due in April and June were moved to July. These deadline shifts make this July a critical month. In this post, we report on preliminary data on July collections. An important note: normal tax collection operations were interrupted for multiple days this week. The impact of these interruptions on preliminary collections data is not yet clear.
In addition to making this July critical, the deadline shifts also make this month’s tax collections more difficult to interpret. Despite the deadline shifts, some taxpayers paid their taxes at the normal times. As a result, tax payments made in April and June in a typical year have been spread across April to July this year. For this reason, we report on total collections across April to July instead of focusing on only July.
In the first graph, we compare total personal income tax and corporation tax collections for April 1 through July 31 to 2020-21 Budget Act projections. Collections have come in about 5 percent ($1.3 billion) above budget projections.
In the second graph, we compare the daily collections pattern in 2020 to 2019. Specifically, for each day of the month, the graph shows the total collections across the parts of April, May, June, and July that end in that day. For example, for day 15, the graph shows total collections across April 1-15, May 1-15, June 1-15, and July 1-15. As of the 31st, 2020 collections are about 13 percent ($4 billion) behind the 2019 pace.