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Ottawa posts $3.9B surplus to start 2015 fiscal year

Posted in Canada, Featured, Talking Politics

Published on July 24, 2015 with No Comments

The federal government posted a surplus of $3.9 billion in April and May and is on track to balance the budget for the 2015 fiscal year as a whole, the Department of Finance said Wednesday.

Ottawa’s fiscal year starts in April and for the first two months of the year the government posted a surplus, the department said. For comparison purposes, in the same period last year the government posted a $1.1 billion deficit.

During April and May revenues increased by $5.5 billion, or 12.8 per cent, largely reflecting increases in income taxes, excise taxes and duties, the government said.

“Personal income tax revenues were up $1.9 billion, or 9.2 per cent, in the April to May 2015 period while corporate income tax revenues rose $0.5 billion, or 9.0 per cent.”

All in all, Ottawa took in $49.05 billion compared with $43.5 billion last year. The government’s budget projection, known as the Fiscal Monitor, was set to be released no later than July 31. Ottawa tends to release the monthly surplus or deficit numbers in the last week of the month, but for April and May, the Finance Department released the monthly budget numbers on Wednesday — earlier than usual and an hour before the PBO’s report was scheduled to come out.


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