Thursday, October 11, 2007

California Retail Sales and Use Taxes

by Bill McBride on 10/11/2007 11:42:00 AM

Based on sales tax revenue, it now appears that the California economy is in recession.

California Retail Sales TaxesClick on graph for larger image.

The graph shows the September retail sales tax collections (and fiscal year through Sept) since 1998. The large decline in 2001 was related to the '01 recession, the tech bust, and 9/11.

Here are the numbers:

California Retail Sales and Use Taxes
Sept 2007: $2,038,416,000
Sept 2006: $2,201,717,000

September sales tax revenue was off 7% compared with last year.

Source: California Statement of General Fund Cash Receipts and Disbursements (hat tip John)