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What is the Total Government Revenue?

In FY 2020, total US government revenue, federal, state, and local, is “guesstimated” to be $7.17 trillion.

US Total Government Revenue Breakdown
in $ trillion

Government revenues are collected from only a few types of source.



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Total Government Revenue
in the United States
Federal, State, and Local
  Fiscal Year 2020  


 Income Taxes $2.6 trillion   
 Social Insurance Taxes + $2.0 trillion   
 Ad valorem Taxes + $1.7 trillion   
 Fees and Charges + $0.6 trillion   
 Business and Other Revenue + $0.5 trillion   
 Total Direct Revenue $7.4 trillion   
 Federal Deficit + $1.1 trillion   
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Revenue Definitions

Income Taxes: Individual and corporate income taxes.

Social Insurance Taxes: FICA taxes, unemployment, disability taxes.

Ad valorem Taxes: Sales, excise and property taxes, licenses.

Fees and Charges: Fees for government services other than taxes.

Business and Other Revenue: Revenue from government businesses such as liquor stores and utilities.

Total Direct Revenue: Total Revenue raised by federal, state, or local government. Does not include intergovernmental revenue such as federal grants.

Revenue Key:

Total revenue: 'guesstimated', as reported by the Office of Management and Budget and projected by usgovernmentspending.com.

 

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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 measuringworth.com.

Detailed table of revenue data sources here.

Federal revenue data begins in 1792.

State and local revenue data begins in 1820.

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

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Data Sources for 2020:

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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State and Local Finances for FY 2017

On November 1, 2019 we updated the state and local spending and revenue for FY 2017 using the new Census Bureau State and Local Government Finances summaries for FY 2017 released on October 30, 2019.  This includes state and local spending for the United States as a whole and the 50 individual states and the District of Columbia.

State and local spending and revenue for FY2017 are now actual historical spending as reported by the Census Bureau.  Previously state spending and revenue for FY2017 were actual, and local spending and revenue were estimated.  The following table shows the difference between estimated and actual local spending and revenue for FY2017:

FY 2017Estimated
$ billion
Actual
$ billion
Local Spending$1,850$1,895
Local Revenue$1,254$1,335

The Census Bureau proposes to update revised state and local finances for 2016 in December 2019

We have updated the "guesstimated" state and local finances for FY2018-24 as indicated in our "guesstimate" blog entries.

UPDATE 11/04/2019:

We have updated data for individual local government units with data for 2017.

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