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Every month the U.S. Treasury releases data on the federal budget, including the current deficit. The following contains budget data for March 2020, which was the sixth month of fiscal year (FY) 2020.
The budget results for March were not significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or by the federal government's response to it. Those effects will become more noticeable in April.
The deficit for March 2020 was $28 billion smaller than the deficit recorded in March 2019. However, this March was affected by shifts in federal payments because the first of the month fell on a weekend. Without those shifts, the March 2020 deficit would have been about $24 billion larger than the March 2019 deficit.
The cumulative deficit through the first six months of FY20 was $52 billion larger than it was through the first six months of FY19. The increase in the cumulative deficit reflects a $149 billion increase in outlays partially offset by a $96 billion increase in revenues.
The deficit varies from month to month and some months may even record a surplus — for example, when taxpayers are submitting their personal income taxes at the filing deadline. That is typically in April but has been extended to July this year.