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Government Tax and Revenue Chart Factory

Create and customize charts of government revenue.

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Use the controls below to CUSTOMIZE chart or CHANGE the data series

Hover mouse over dropdown controls for help. Remember, you can display a maximum of five data series at once.

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Revenue Units: By default, government revenue is displayed in billions of dollars. But using a dropdown control in the table heading you can select $ bln 2012, pct GDP and more.
Chart Title: You can create a title for your chart. Use the text field to enter a title and click the button to the right of the text field.
US or State: By default, the chart shows overall United States government revenue. But you can select revenue for individual states by selecting the state dropdown control in the table heading.
State, Local: By default, you can chart state revenue or local revenue by clicking a radio button in the selection table. But you can chart state-and-local combined by selecting state n local in the state/local dropdown control in the table heading.
View: There are many ways to view the revenue data. The default view is functional. There is a census view that conforms with the revenue categories used by the US Census Bureau in its Statistical Abstract. There is a COFOG view that categorizes revenue using the UN methodology.
Linear/Log: By default, the data series are displayed as linear charts. But you can also select a log chart. Linear charts show constant amount changes as a straight line; Log charts show constant rates of change as a straight line.
Line/Bar: By default, the data series are displayed as line charts. But you can also select a bar chart.
Data Stack: By default, the data series are “stacked” when displayed on the chart. But you can change the setting to “un stack” the data series.
Chart Size: By default, the chart is displayed at medium size. But you can use the dropdown control to change the size.
Color: By default charts are displayed with color data lines and fill. You can change this to grayscale if you want.
US Budget Year: By default, the chart displays budgeted and estimated federal revenue in the current US Budget submitted to the Congress by the president. But you can look at previous budgeted numbers using this dropdown control.

Data Range

Start Year: You can select any start year you want using the dropdown control in the table heading. At the top and bottom of the dropdown only years ending in “0” are shown. Select a start year to get close, then select the start year you want.
End Year: You can select any end year you want using the dropdown control in the table heading. At the top and bottom of the dropdown only years ending in “0” are shown. Select an end year to get close, then select the end year you want.
Category (max 7)Sub-categoryFed Gov. 
Xfer 
State Local Total   
 
Data Series: Select a revenue series you want to chart from a dropdown on the left. If you select on the bottom dropdown you will add a data series (up to a maximum of five). The right-hand dropdown allows you to replace a data series with a more narrowly focused series. Click the “X” link to remove a data series from the chart.
? Total Direct Revenue: Total Revenue raised by federal, state, or local government. Does not include intergovernmental revenue such as federal grants *
  ? Select data series to add to chart
 All Categories
* If you add data series at same government level, this item will be shown as Remaining Revenue.


If you’d like to create your own custom chart of revenue data you should use the table above to make your selections.

  • Select the year range: Select the start year and the end year you want by selecting the years you want in the two year dropdown boxes.
  • Select revenue items: Just select the revenue item you want from the dropdown control. Then click a radio button to select the level of government: federal, state, or local. If you select from the < select > you will add another data series to your chart. Up to 5 data series are allowed at once. Click the “X” link to remove a data series from the chart.
  • Select units: You can select the display in billions of nominal (i.e. inflated) dollars, billions of real (i.e. year 2009) dollars, or as percent of GDP.
  • Choose chart features: You can select the size of the chart, switch from bar chart to line chart, select color or black and white, stacked or not. You can also blow up the chart to fill the screen with the “fullsize” tab control above the chart display.

Download Data

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Download Data File

 Click button to download CSV file of dataset in chart
 

Download Tab-delimited Data

Copy and Paste: To copy and paste data into spreadsheet for analysis, just copy the tab-delimited text in the textbox below (click cursor in text box, then press ctrl-A then press ctrl-C) and paste it into your spreadsheet.

View Data Series

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Below is a formatted version of the data displayed in the chart.

Total Direct Revenue
Fiscal Years 1900 to 2010
YearGDP-US
$ billion nominal
Population-US
million
Total Direct Revenue -total
percent GDP
1900MW gdp76.2127.81i
1901MW gdp77.6807.55i
1902MW gdp79.1766.97a
1903MW gdp80.7016.75i
1904MW gdp82.2557.02i
1905MW gdp83.8396.55i
1906MW gdp85.4536.56i
1907MW gdp87.0996.54i
1908MW gdp88.7767.40i
1909MW gdp90.4867.24i
1910MW gdp92.2297.59i
1911MW gdp93.5237.82i
1912MW gdp94.8367.48i
1913MW gdp96.1677.54a
1914MW gdp97.5168.60i
1915MW gdp98.8858.48i
1916MW gdp100.2737.24i
1917MW gdp101.6807.07i
1918MW gdp103.1079.68i
1919MW gdp104.55411.91i
1920MW gdp106.02212.90i
1921MW gdp107.62614.47i
1922MW gdp109.25412.57a
1923MW gdp110.90811.35i
1924MW gdp112.58611.74i
1925MW gdp114.29011.57i
1926MW gdp116.01911.58i
1927MW gdp117.77512.66a
1928MW gdp119.55712.97i
1929MW gdp121.36612.86i
193092.2123.20314.61i
193177.4124.07116.29i
193259.5124.94517.29a
193357.2125.82518.87i
193466.8126.71216.92a
193574.2127.60516.77i
193684.8128.50416.02a
193793129.41016.70i
193887.4130.32120.00a
193993.4131.24018.89i
1940102.9132.16516.86a
1941129.3133.96615.67i
1942166135.79216.22a
1943203.1137.64318.14i
1944224.4139.51925.46a
1945228141.42126.06i
1946227.5143.34923.92a
1947249.6145.30322.42i
1948274.5147.28322.34a
1949272.5149.29122.34i
1950299.8151.32620.88a
1951346.9153.91722.32i
1952367.3156.55225.76a
1953389.2159.23225.73a
1954390.5161.95826.15a
1955425.5164.73123.49a
1956449.4167.55125.13a
1957474170.42025.75a
1958481.2173.33725.78a
1959521.7176.30524.31a
1960542.4179.32326.88a
1961562.2181.58827.00a
1962603.9183.88126.71a
1963637.5186.20427.03a
1964684.5188.55526.89a
1965742.3190.93726.08a
1966813.4193.34826.47a
1967860195.79027.91a
1968940.7198.26326.93a
19691017.6200.76629.47a
19701073.3203.30229.91a
19711164.9205.51528.11a
19721279.1207.75228.60a
19731425.4210.01328.71a
19741545.2212.29929.72a
19751684.9214.60929.30a
19761873.4216.94529.21a
19772081.8219.30730.30a
19782351.6221.69429.83a
19792627.3224.10730.32a
19802857.3226.54631.00a
19813207228.67031.67a
19823343.8230.81532.20a
19833634232.97930.38a
19844037.6235.16430.25a
19854339237.36931.05a
19864579.6239.59531.43a
19874855.2241.84232.58a
19885236.4244.11032.01a
19895641.6246.39932.30i
19905963.1248.71032.33a
19916158.1251.80232.18a
19926520.3254.93332.17a
19936858.6258.10332.46a
19947287.2261.31232.59a
19957639.7264.56133.26a
19968073.1267.85033.84a
19978577.6271.18034.38a
19989062.8274.55235.17a
19999630.7277.96634.79a
200010252.3282.17235.85a
200110581.8285.08233.34i
200210936.4287.80430.17a
200311458.2290.32629.48i
200412213.7293.04631.86a
200513036.6295.75332.55a
200613814.6298.59333.99a
200714451.9301.58035.78a
200814712.8304.37531.72a
200914448.9307.00725.37a
201014992.1309.32631.49b

Legend:
a - actual reported
i - interpolated between actual reported values
b - budgeted estimate in US FY11 budget

Data Sources for 1900:
GDP: Samuel H. Williamson, "What Was the U.S. GDP Then?" MeasuringWorth, 2015.
Federal: Bicentennial Edition: Historical Statistics of the US, Colonial Times to 1970
State and Local: Hist. Stats of US, Colonial Times to 1970 and 1789 - 1945

Data Sources for 2010:
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

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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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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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