From USA Today:
Federal tax revenue plunged $138 billion, or 34%, in April vs. a year ago — the biggest April drop since 1981, a study released Tuesday by the American Institute for Economic Research says.
When the economy slumps, so does tax revenue, and this recession has been no different, says Kerry Lynch, senior fellow at the AIER and author of the study. “It illustrates how severe the recession has been.”
For example, 6 million people lost jobs in the 12 months ended in April — and that means far fewer dollars from income taxes. Income tax revenue dropped 44% from a year ago.
“These are staggering numbers,” Lynch says.
Chart Source: American Institute for Economic Research
Last Weekend Bonus Story, This Weekend AIG Suing the IRS
How many WTF? moments will the American International Group give us by the time the company is once again solvent or is finally taken out behind the barn and put out of its misery?
Last Saturday night, with just enough time to allow the Sunday shows to prepare killer questions for Larry Summers, the AIG bonus story entered the media consciousness. If you’ve been in a cave all week the story goes something like this: Since last September the U.S. government has pumped $170-180 billion into the gaping maw of the world’s largest insurer and biggest loser in the reality show known as the credit default swap market. Uncle Sam now owns 80% of AIG. It was revealed last Saturday that the company has paid $165 million in bonuses to executives and staff of its financial products division. This is the division that has essentially ruined the entire company. The American public is royally pissed off and every politician worth his or her salt is “outraged.”