U.S. Deficit Down To $680 Billion; Lowest In 5 Years

WASHINGTON (October 30, 2013)- The federal deficit for the 2013 budget year totaled $680.3 billion, down from $1.09 trillion in 2012 the smallest imbalance since 2008, when the government ran a $458.6 billion deficit, the government said Wednesday.

The deficit, the gap between the government's tax revenue and its spending, narrowed for the budget year that ended on Sept. 30 because revenue rose while spending fell.

Revenue jumped 13.3 percent to $2.77 trillion, reflecting a slightly better economy and higher tax rates and government spending declined 2.4 percent to $3.45 trillion, in part because of across-the-board spending cuts that took effect in March.

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