Deficit to Hit $1.08T in 2012
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Deficit to Hit $1.08T in 2012

The U.S. budget deficit will hit $1.08 trillion this year, the Congressional Budget Office will forecast on Tuesday, up from a previous estimate of $973 billion, according to sources familiar with the soon-to-be-released report.

The $1.08 trillion deficit estimate for fiscal 2012, which began on October 1, would be down from the fiscal 2011 budget deficit of about $1.3 trillion.

CBO, the non-partisan budget analyst for Congress, also forecast a $585 billion budget deficit for fiscal 2013, which begins on October 1. But that figure assumes the expiration on December 31 of the across-the-board George W. Bush-era income tax cuts, which reduce revenues collected by the Treasury Department.

Congress is expected to extend at least some of those tax cuts by the end of this year.

If the CBO estimate for this year's deficit proves accurate, fiscal 2012 would be the fourth consecutive year of federal budget deficits topping $1 trillion.