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What is the Total US Government Revenue?

In FY 2017, total US government revenue, federal, state, and local, is “guesstimated” to be $7.03 trillion. Federal revenue is budgeted at $3.64 trillion; state revenue is “guesstimated” at $2.00 trillion; local revenue is “guesstimated” at $1.39 trillion.

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Estimated Government Revenue for FY 2017

In 2017 the governments in the United States are expected to collect about 36.4 percent of Gross Domestic Product in revenue. The federal government will collect about 18.9 percent of GDP, the states will collect about 10.4 percent of GDP, and local governments about 7.2 percent of GDP.

Government Revenue: Federal, State, Local

Governments in the US will collect $7.0 trillion in 2017.

Table 3.01: Total Revenue in 2017

In fiscal 2017 the federal government budgets that revenue will be $3.6 trillion. State revenue for 2017 is "guesstimated" by at $2.0 trillion and local government revenue is "guesstimated" by at $1.4 trillion.

Total revenue at all levels of government in the United States is "guesstimated" by to be $7.0 trillion in 2017.

Government Revenue: the Sources

The governments in the US collect about $4.6 trillion in a year income and payroll taxes.

Table 3.02: Total Revenue Breakdown FY 2017

Income tax is where governments collect the most tax: in federal, state, and local income tax they will collect about $2.6 trillion in 2017. Next in line are social insurance taxes, including Social Security, unemployment and hospital taxes, adding up to $2.0 trillion. Ad-valorem taxes, i.e. sales taxes and property taxes, will amount to about $1.4 trillion in 2017. Fees and Charges will add up to $0.5 trillion, and Business and Other Revenue will add up to $0.5 trillion in 2017.

These revenue estimates are based on projections in the federal budget for federal revenue and on "guesstimates" of state and local revenue by

Government Revenue: the Details

Government revenue is collected at all levels of government: federal, state, and local.

Table 3.03: Total Revenue Details FY 2017

At 52 percent, the federal government collects about half of total government revenue, with states collecting 29 percent and local governments 20 percent. Overwhelmingly, the federal take is collected as income taxes and social insurance payroll taxes. State governments balance their take between income taxes, ad-valorem taxes and other forms of revenue. Local governments collect revenue from ad-valorem taxes such as property taxes and sales taxes.

Government Revenue: the Piecharts

The source of government revenue is mostly income tax for the federal government, and mostly ad-valorem taxes at the local level.

Chart 3.04: Total Revenue Pie

Total government revenue in the United States, including federal, state, and local governments, is expected to total $7.03 trillion in 2017. The total features five major sources. The largest share is income taxes, at 38 percent of total revenue; social insurance at 28 percent of total revenue; ad-valorem taxes, at 20 percent of revenue; and fees and charges, at 7 percent of total revenue. All other revenue amounts to 7 percent of total revenue.

Pie Chart of Federal Government Revenue

Chart 3.05: Federal Revenue Pie

Federal revenue is budgeted at $3.64 trillion for FY 2017. Almost all revenue comes from income taxes, individual and corporate, at 61 percent of total federal revenue; and social insurance taxes, at 31 percent of total federal revenue.

Pie Chart of State Government Revenue

Chart 3.06: State Revenue Pie

State government revenue, as "guesstimated" by, will total about $2.00 trillion in FY 2017, and is balanced between five major sources. The largest revenue source is social insurance taxes, including income from state employee retirement systems, amounting to 35 percent of state revenue. Next is ad-valorem taxes, property and sales taxes, at 26 percent of total state revenue. State income taxes amount to 20 percent of total state revenue; fees and charges amount to 11 percent of total state revenue; state business revenue comes in at 8 percent of receipts.

Pie Chart of Local Government Revenue

Chart 3.07: Local Revenue Pie

Local government revenue, as "guesstimated" by, will total about $1.39 trillion in FY 2017, and is dominated by ad-valorem taxes — i.e. property and sales taxes — amounting to 49 percent of total local government revenue. Fees and changes amount to 20 percent of local revenue; business revenue, such as utilities and liquor stores, amounts to 18 percent of total local revenue, and social insurance is 9 percent of revenue. The remaining revenue is 3 percent of total local receipts.

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Revenue Data Sources

Revenue data is from official government sources.

Gross Domestic Product data comes from US Bureau of Economic Analysis and

Detailed table of revenue data sources here.

Federal revenue data begins in 1792.

State and local revenue data begins in 1890.

State and local revenue data for individual states begins in 1957.

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Data Sources for 2017:

GDP, GO: GDP, GO Sources
Federal: Fed. Budget: Hist. Tables 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 7.1
State and Local: State and Local Gov. Finances
'Guesstimated' by projecting the latest change in reported revenue forward to future years

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FY18 Budget Blueprint Released

On March 16, 2018 the Trump administration issued a Budget Blueprint outlining proposed changes to "discretionary" spending for Fiscal Year 2018. The following table shows the major changes to Budget Authority in excess of $2 billion per agency.

AgencyFY18 Change
in $ billion
Health and
Human Services
State and Intl Aid-10.9

Because usgovernmentspending spending data is based on Historical Table 3.2, it shows spending by function rather than by agency. Until Table 3.2 is published in the final version of the FY18 budget we cannot exactly predict how the Table 3.2 numbers will change at the subfunction level.

But we have applied the Budget Blueprint budget authority changes into the budgeted FY18 outlays by guessing the application of agency level changes to subfunction changes to give a rough feeling of what the Trump changes look like. You can check out what is going on here or here.

The numbers will change when the final FY18 federal budget numbers come out.

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