However, Muchow noted, "There has been a little bit of an uptick in sales activity in the past two months."
Sales tax collections had been running ahead of estimates for the first six months of the budget year, until a federal payroll tax cut expired on Jan. 1 -- effectively causing a 2 percent pay cut for all working West Virginians, he said.
"Two percent less in your pay will have that impact," Muchow said of the downturn in consumer sales.
Total tax collections for the 2012-13 budget year, which ended Sunday, came in at $4.059 billion, about $90.6 million below estimates.
Spending cuts, along with the spend-down of a $45 million "income tax reserve fund," kept the 2012-13 budget balanced, Muchow said.
Personal income taxes, the largest single tax source, came in $21 million below estimates for the budget year, at $1.7 billion.
"If it weren't for the alternative-fuel credit, we would have been ahead of estimates for personal income taxes," Muchow said.
Sales tax collections for the year came in at $1.193 billion, about $3.7 million below estimate.
Road Fund collections of $688.3 million were $9.8 million ahead of estimates, and 3.4 percent ahead of the 2011-12 budget year, Muchow said, as revenues from gas taxes rose 5.6 percent.
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