CBDT Mops Up Rs 6 Lakh Crore In Direct Tax Collection So Far
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CBDT Mops Up Rs 6 Lakh Crore In Direct Tax Collection So Far

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The government has so far mopped up Rs 6 lakh crore or less than 50 percent of the total tax collection target of Rs 13.35 lakh crore for the current fiscal, a senior official said.

Efforts are being made to achieve the target set in the Budget, Central Board of Direct Taxes Chairman PC Mody said after inauguration of the Taxpayers Lounge at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

"During the beginning of the year, we were given the tax collection (target) of Rs 13.35 lakh crore. Of this, we have already collected Rs 6 lakh crore so far," he said.

Refunds due to the taxpayers are done swiftly, he said, adding that the refunds have gone up 20 percent compared to the last fiscal.

"Efforts are made towards tax collection and I have full confidence that we will reach the target set in the Budget," Mody said.

He also said that the taxpayer services is one of the focus area of CBDT. Keeping this in mind, a member has been appointed for taxpayer services.

The income tax department has also launched a faceless e-assessment scheme to eliminate interface between an assessing officer and a taxpayer.

To begin with, 58,322 income tax cases have been selected under the National e-Assessment Center.

There are pressure on the government in meeting revenue target due to sagging economy. The economy has hit six-year low of 5 percent during the first quarter of the current fiscal.

It is estimated that growth in the second quarter to remain below 5 percent. The overall growth of the current fiscal likely to remain subdued and various estimate indicates that the gross domestic product growth to be lower than 5.5 percent, putting pressure on the tax collection.

Besides, the government decision to lower corporate tax rate will have revenue implication of Rs 1.45 lakh crore and rollback of enhance surcharge and other measures will also bring down tax collection.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sept. 20 announced a cut in corporate income taxes for domestic companies to 22 percent from 30 percent previously. This would bring effective corporate tax rate, including all additional levies, to about 25.2 percent, for companies which are not receiving any incentives or exemptions.

New manufacturing companies formed after Oct. 1 will enjoy a 15 percent (effective rate of 17 percent) corporate income tax rate, against 25 percent previously.

The move is estimated to result in Rs 1.45 lakh crore in revenue loss for the government during 2019-20.

Subsequent to this, there have been demands for a reduction in income tax rates for individuals as well so as to put more money in the hands of the common man for a consumption-led revival of the economy. India's economic growth had slipped to a six-year low of 5 percent in the April-June quarter and the revival may take a few quarters despite announcements to boost real estate and financial sectors.

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