Here's some good news: The federal government ran its second highest monthly surplus on record this April. In its monthly budget report, the Treasury Department said yesterday that the surplus for April totaled $182.4 billion, the second largest surplus after a record $189.8 billion surplus set in April 2001.
Wait a minute, you're thinking: Don't most people pay their taxes in April? Yes they do.The government generally runs surpluses in April, and this year's was inflated because of a deadline change that allowed corporations until April to make their final tax payments for last year.
Through the first seven months of the current budget year, which ends in September, the federal government is running a deficit of $344.4 billion. That's still down 2.4 percent from the same period a year ago.