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Strong Showing for State Revenues, $58 Million Above Projections

March 4, 2016 Data Viz

Thanks to a steadily growing economy, the state’s FY 2016 revenue situation remains strong. According to the Department of Administrative Services, total General and Education Fund revenue, through the end of February, is $58 million higher than what was expected at this point in time. Furthermore, this does not take into account the $19 million attributed to the tax amnesty program that ran from December 1, 2015 through February 15, 2016.

While over a dozen revenue streams flow into the General and Education Funds, three – business taxes, the meals and rooms tax, and the real estate transfer tax – have been responsible for the vast majority of the positive news. The strength of these particular taxes suggests that the New Hampshire economy is performing well overall, since these revenue streams tend to reflect trends in corporate profits, discretionary consumer spending, and household finances.

The following data visualization is designed to help you understand the data. Within each tab, you can hover over each data point to view additional context. On the right side are seven radio buttons, which allow you to further investigate revenue trends by specific tax type or by total collections.

Below the visualization are some of the numerical highlights from the latest report.

(To view data in full screen mode or on a mobile device, click here.)

 

 

Business profits tax and business enterprise tax

FY 2016 collections (through 2/29/16): $310.7 million

FY 2016 YTD vs FY 2015 YTD Actual: Up $40.7 million (15.1 percent)

FY 2016 YTD vs FY 2016 YTD Plan: Up $35.4 million (12.9 percent)

 

Meals and rooms tax

FY 2016 collections (through 2/29/16): $208.4 million

FY 2016 YTD vs FY 2015 YTD Actual: Up $13.4 million (6.9 percent)

FY 2016 YTD vs FY 2016 YTD Plan: Up $5.9 million (2.9 percent)

 

Real estate transfer tax

FY 2016 collections (through 2/29/16): $97.1 million

FY 2016 YTD vs FY 2015 YTD Actual: Up $14 million (16.8 percent)

FY 2016 YTD vs FY 2016 YTD Plan: Up $12 million (14.1 percent)

 

 

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State’s Diverse Tax Base Stabilizes Revenue, But Business Tax Changes May Increase Volatility

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New Hampshire’s state tax revenue is relatively stable, but the State’s largest tax may be among the most volatile types of common taxes, a new analysis from The Pew Charitable Trusts suggests. Between 1997 and 2016, New Hampshire’s tax volatility, as measured through percentage changes from the prior fiscal year, was only higher than five other states, suggesting New Hampshire’s tax revenues do not typically deviate dramatically from year to year relative to other states. However, digging into the diverse revenue streams and drawing on the experiences from other states shows some risk for New Hampshire.