- Associated Press - Thursday, January 5, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts tax collections ticked up in December, helping the state stay on track halfway through the 2017 fiscal year.

Revenue Commissioner Michael Heffernan said Thursday that preliminary collections for December totaled $2.49 billion.

That’s about $49 million, or 2 percent, over the estimate for the month.

Fiscal year-to-date collections total $11.95 billion. That’s about $38 million, or less than one half of one percent, below the benchmark for the fiscal year that ends June 30.

December revenues include tax payments begun by taxpayers in November, but recorded in December due to a planned pause in processing.

If those revenues had been booked when initiated, December collections would be $2 million below estimates.

Heffernan said halfway through the fiscal year, tax revenue collections are holding close to the estimated year-to-date benchmark.

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