US posts $165.9 bln May budget deficit

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government turned in a $165.93 billion budget deficit for May, a record for that month, as tax revenue fell and federal spending was pushed higher by a tax rebate program meant to stimulate the economy, the U.S. Treasury said on Tuesday.

By (Reuters)

Published: Thu 12 Jun 2008, 12:46 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 1:08 PM

The May deficit compared to a year-earlier deficit of $67.70 billion and was also larger than the $160.0 billion forecast by economists polled by Reuters.

Through the first eight months of the fiscal year, the Treasury saw a $319.4 billion deficit, which was largest since a $346 billion deficit at this point in 2004.

A Treasury spokesman estimated that tax rebates as part of an economic stimulus package added about $48 billion to the May shortfall.

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