Higher tax revenues less spending lowers budget deficit 35 per cent through

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 12, 2013 2:16 pm MDT Higher tax revenues, less spending lowers budget deficit 35 per cent through August AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. government posted a narrower budget deficit in August compared with a year ago, keeping the annual gap on track to be the smallest in five years.The Treasury Department says the deficit in August was $147.9 billion, down from $191 billion in August 2012. That brings the budget gap to $755 billion for the first 11 months of the budget year, down 35 per cent from nearly $1.2 trillion a year earlier.The government is likely to post a surplus in September, lowering the full-year deficit to $642 billion, the Congressional Budget Office forecasts. That would be the first deficit below $1 trillion in five years.Steady economic growth and higher tax rates boosted the government’s revenue 4 per cent in August, while spending was 10 per cent lower. read more