Indiana’s Tax Revenues Fall Short Of Projections

State tax revenues are more than $70 million below expectations through the first quarter of the fiscal year.

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Both sales tax revenues and individual income tax revenues fell below expectations.

Indiana tax revenues are more than 2 percent, or $70 million, below projections for the first three months of the 2014 fiscal year and nearly a percent lower than the same period last year.

Sales tax revenues are $32 million below expectations, while individual income tax revenues fell $26 million short of the mark.

Only corporate income taxes have exceeded expectations, nearly $11 million above target.

State Budget Director Brian Bailey says the shortfalls are tempered by changes in the new state budget that transferred some tax dollars into other sources. That includes shifting some sales taxes into the motor vehicle highway fund and income taxes into a reserve fund.

Still, he says the numbers from the first quarter are something to be concerned about.

“This month was the least below target of those three months so while that is a bit of an improvement, it’s still something we’re closely monitoring,” he says.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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