Turkey posts $450 million budget surplus in January
ANKARA - Anadolu Agency
It stated that Turkey’s budget revenues fell by 1 percent to 58.2 billion Turkish Liras ($15.4 billion) last month compared to the same month of 2017.
Budget expenses, meanwhile, stood at 56.5 billion liras ($14.9 billion), marking a 19.4 percent annual rise.
Excluding interest payments, the budget recorded a surplus of 7.7 billion liras (around $2 billion) in January, while interest expenditures were around six billion liras ($1.6 billion).
The government’s tax revenues reached 52 billion liras ($13.7 billion) in the first month of this year, a 7.4 percent annual rise in tax collection.
Last year, Turkey’s central government budget balance showed a deficit of 47.4 billion liras ($12.9 billion), or around 1.5 percent of the GDP, which was below the expectations.
Turkey’s budget revenue hit 630.3 billion liras ($172.7 billion) last year, while expenditures were 677.7 billion liras ($185.6 billion), including interest payments.
The government’s annual budget balance saw a non-interest surplus of 9.3 billion liras ($2.6 billion) in 2017, considering interest expenditures of 56.7 billion liras ($15.5 billion).
The government’s medium term program targets a budget deficit/GDP ratio of 1.9 percent in 2018, 1.8 percent in 2019, and 1.6 percent in 2020.
According to the Central Bank, the average USD/TRY exchange rate was 3.78 in January, up from 3.65 in the same month last year.