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Preliminary Revenue Data - March 2021

For Immediate Release:

April 6, 2021


Office of Budget and Management Releases Preliminary March Revenue Data

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The Office of Budget and Management (OBM) released March 2021 preliminary revenue data. Total General Revenue Fund tax receipts finished the month $41.4 million (2.6%) above the budgeted estimate.

  • Non-Auto Sales Tax collections were $1.3 million (-0.2%) below—essentially even with—the monthly estimate.

  • Auto Sales Tax collections were $32.3 million (23.5%) above estimate in March, the tenth straight month in which that revenue category has exceeded estimate.

  • Personal Income Tax collections were $38.4 million (-6.8%) below estimate for the month, due to timing. Because the opening of the federal filing season was delayed until mid-February, Ohio tax refunds were below estimate during January and February. Refund payments are now catching up.

  • The Commercial Activity Tax was above the monthly estimate by $11.1 million (118.0%) placing Ohio now above estimate for the fiscal year-to-date.

“With spring here and as we enter the final quarter of the fiscal biennium, OBM continues to closely monitor revenues and economic indicators in real time. Ohio’s strong vaccine roll-out and our continued COVID mitigation strategies are the keys to beating the global pandemic and growing our local economies,” said OBM Director Kimberly Murnieks.

A more detailed explanation of this data will be included in the Monthly Financial Report, which will be posted on the OBM website on Monday, April 12.