The parliamentary budget watchdog is projecting the federal deficit this fiscal year will come in $2.1-billion lower than the Liberals have predicted.
Yves Giroux’s office chalks up the change to higher-than-anticipated income-tax revenue that the government has collected this fiscal year, which closes in March.
A report out this morning from the Parliamentary Budget Office predicts that this year’s budget deficit will be $16-billion, less than the $18.1-billion the Liberals anticipate.
Had the economy been weaker or tax revenue lower, the report says, the federal deficit for the 2018-19 fiscal year could have hit $23.2-billion when taking into account extra spending in Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s fall economic update.
More than half the $7.2-billion swing in the projection is owing to stronger tax revenue than Mr. Giroux predicted in the fall.
The report says corporate income-tax revenue is $3-billion higher than the watchdog forecast in October.