Financial Transparency Score Report

Our new report analyzes how transparent state governments are with their finances.

Financial State of the Union

Our new Financial State of the Union report shows that the U.S. government’s financial condition worsened by $7.9 trillion in 2023.

GovFin 2024: Municipal Reporting Workshop

Join us July 29-30 for the GovFin 2024: Municipal Reporting Workshop. Christine Kuglin, Director of the TIA project at DU, will moderate a break-out session titled Government Data Reporting Standards. Seating is limited!

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  • Financial State of the Union 2024

    Our new Financial State of the Union report shows that the U.S. government’s financial condition worsened by $7.9 trillion in 2023. 

     
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  • Financial State of the Cities 2024

    At the end of the fiscal year 2022, 53 cities did not have enough money to pay all of their bills.

     
  • Financial State of the States 2023

    Our fourteenth Financial State of the States report found debt among the states was $938.6 billion, which is down from $1.2 trillion at the end of fiscal year 2021. Overall, it appeared state debt decreased primarily due to the following two factors: tax revenue increases due to the lockdowns ending, and millions, if not billions, of dollars in federal COVID funds received by the states.

     
  • Data-Z (database for state and city data)

    Create your own chart with more than 700 data variables at the federal, state, and city levels.

     
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  • Digital Data Standards Support Greater Transparency and Opportunity in the Municipal Bond Markets

    July 19, 2024

    Christine Kuglin, director of the Truth in Accounting Project at the University of Denver, served as lead researcher on this paper presented at the 13th annual Brookings Institute Conference on Municipal Reporting. 

  • Our Mission is to Help: A Rebuttal

    June 28, 2024

    We've all felt some mistrust towards the government. We're trying to rebuild that trust alongside other nonprofits, educators, policy-makers, public servants, and journalists. We're sad to see that the Longview News-Journal didn't see that mission when covering our special report on the city of Longview, TX.

  • Unlocking Generosity: Transform Your IRA into Vital Donations

    June 5, 2024

    Discover a powerful way to support the Truth in Accounting mission while maximizing your tax benefits. Did you know that a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA’s annual required minimum distribution can be structured to be tax-free? This means that the transferred amount is not taxable as long as it’s paid directly from the IRA to the charitable organization.

  • Intern Spotlight: Zahra Mammadova

    May 31, 2024

    Meet Zahra Mammadova

    Originally from Azerbaijan, Zahra is currently pursuing a master's degree in Accounting, Technology, and Analytics at the University of Denver, and works hard to help Truth in Accounting complete our research and reports.

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