Tax Collection Misses Target By A Wide Margin In April-September
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Tax Collection Misses Target By A Wide Margin In April-September

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As against a steep 17.5 percent higher tax collection budgeted for the full year, the government could mop-up only 4.7 percent more so far this year, with the direct tax kitty growing to Rs 5.50 lakh crore as of Sept. 17, up from Rs 5.25 lakh crore a year-ago.

The lower mop-up reflects the deepening slump in demand and overall growth. In the first quarter the gross domestic product slowed to a six-year low of 5 percent.

Of the Rs 5.50 lakh crore collections, advance tax rose a tepid 7.3 percent to Rs 2.20 lakh crore from Rs 2.05 crore, according to sources at the taxation department.

It can be noted that the budget had set a direct tax mop-up target of 17.5 percent for the full year, while the same for indirect taxes are set at 15 percent.

April-September advance tax collection rose to Rs 2.20 lakh crore from Rs 2.05 lakh crore, the official said, adding of this advance corporation tax rose only 3.5 percent while the personal income tax paid in advance rose 7.5 percent.

“Total tax collection till date is Rs 5.5 lakh crore compared to Rs 5.25 lakh crore in the same period last year. Net tax collection is around Rs 4.5 lakh crore as compared to Rs 4.25 lakh crore as of date,” a senior tax official told PTI on Wednesday.

The numbers are disturbing for the government as it has already used up as much as 77 percent of its budgeted fiscal deficit for the full year by July itself. This is 1.4 percentages point higher than the comparable period last year.

Fiscal deficit crossed 77 percent of the annual target in July at Rs 5.47 lakh crore, against a target of Rs 7.03 lakh crore for the full year.

Total expenditure till July stood at Rs 9.47 lakh crore against a fiscal target of Rs 27.8 lakh crore. Total receipts for the month stood at Rs 3.99 lakh crore against the fiscal target of Rs 20.8 lakh crore.

Advance tax is filed by the 15th of the third month of every quarter. Assessees falling under the ambit of advance tax payment are required to pay 15 percent of the evaluated tax liability in the first quarter, 25 percent in the second and the rest in equal installments in the remainder of the year.

In FY19, direct tax collection was Rs 50,000 crore short of the Rs 12 lakh crore target.

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