Cyprus recorded a budget surplus amounting to €436.8 million for the period of January – October 2018, mainly driven by indirect taxes which reached €2.6 billion, according to data released by the Treasury of the Republic on budget execution for the first ten months of year.
Indirect taxes (mainly VAT) represented 51.5% of total revenue, that amounted to €5.04 billion for the period of January – October 2018 compared with €5.01 billion in the respective period of 2017. Total revenue amounted to 84% of the revenue budgeted for the whole of the year.
Compared with 2017, indirect taxes marked an increase of 1.5% in January – October 2018 reflecting the acceleration of economic activity.
Revenue from direct taxes in the first ten months of 2018 reached €1.72 billion, marking an increase of 2.34% compared with the respective period of 2017. Revenue from direct taxes amounted to 77% of total direct taxes projected for the year.
In October 2018 state coffers received €472 million in revenue, marking a marginal decrease (€18 million) compared with September 2018 as well compared with October 2017.
Budget expenditure for the period of January – October 2018 amounted to €4.6 billion, reduced by 3.41% compared with the respective period of 2017. Expenditure execution amounted 67% of the total spending projected for the year.
Expenditure for state employees amounted to €1.37 billion, marking an increase of 4.01% compared with the respective period of 2017, whereas welfare state spending, the budget second highest expenditure, amounted to €673.8 million, compared with €663 million in January – October 2017.
Debt servicing expenditure for January – October 2018 declined by 16.7% to €382 million.
The Treasury tables are reported on cash basis and exclude debt collections and debt repayments.
(Cyprus News Agency)