Washington, D.C.

TIA Data

2019 Financial State of Washington, DC (Released 1/26/2021)

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Washington, DC's Taxpayer Surplus™ is $3,400, and it received a "B" from TIA.
Washington, DC is a Sunshine District with enough assets to cover its debt.
Decisions by elected officials have created a Taxpayer Surplus™, which is each taxpayer's share of money available after district bills have been paid.
TIA's Taxpayer Surplus™ measurement incorporates all assets and liabilities, including retirement obligations.
Washington, DC has $6.3 billion of assets available to pay the district's bills totaling $5.4 billion.
Washington, DC has $920.4 million available after bills have been paid, which breaks down to $3,400 per taxpayer.
Washington, DC's reported net position is inflated by $1.1 million, largely because the district defers recognizing losses incurred when retirement liabilities increase.
The district's financial report was released 116 days after its fiscal year end, which is considered timely according to the 180 day standard.

Prior Years' TIA Data

2018 Financial State of Washington, DC

2017 Financial State of Washington, DC

2016 Financial State of Washington, DC

2015 Financial State of Washington, DC

Other Resources

Washington, DC Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports

Publishing Entity: Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Beltway BS on ‘speaking truth to power’


Lying and piety go together in Washington like ham and eggs. After 9/11, a profusion of government falsehoods on Iraq and other topics ravaged official credibility. The political class responded with an endless profusion of promises to “speak truth to power.” Unfortunately, there are far more Washingtonians praising honesty than there are honest politicians.