Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Direct tax collection soars 48 per cent in FY22

India’s collection from tax on personal and corporate income jumped over 48 per cent in the current fiscal after a 41 per cent surge in advance tax payments, mirroring sustained economic recovery in a year that witnessed two waves of coronavirus infections.
Net collections of direct taxes until March 16, 2022, in the fiscal year that started on April 1, 2021, stood at Rs 13.63 lakh crore compared to Rs 9.18 lakh crore in the same period a year back, an official statement said.
The net collections in direct taxes, which is made up of income tax on individual income, corporation tax on profits of companies, property tax, inheritance tax and gift tax, in the current fiscal is 35 per cent higher than the collection of Rs 9.56 lakh crore in the pre-pandemic year of 2019-20 (April 2019 to March 2020).
Advance tax collections, the fourth installment of which was due on March 15, rose to Rs 6.62 lakh crore, up 40.75 per cent, the statement said, adding refunds aggregating to Rs 1.87 lakh crore have been issued in the current fiscal.
Almost 53 per cent of all direct tax collection was from corporate tax, while 47 per cent came from personal income tax, including securities transaction tax (STT) on shares.
The direct tax collections exceeded the budgeted Rs 11.08 lakh crore before the start of the fiscal and Rs 12.50 lakh crore revised estimates in Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s Budget for 2022-23 presented on February 1.
The spread of the pandemic and the ensuing restrictions had impacted business activities in 2020-21.
Towards the end of that fiscal, the economy had started to recover from the impact but was hit again by a second wave in April-May 2021 and a more recent third wave.
The rapid containment of Omicron, vaccination and declines in new infections helped the recovery.
“The figures of direct tax collections for the financial year 2021-22, as on March 16, 2022 show that net collections are at Rs 13,63,038.3 crore compared to Rs 9,18,430.5 crore over the corresponding period of the preceding financial year i.e FY 2020-21, representing an increase of 48.41 per cent,” the statement.
The net collection in the current fiscal registered a growth of 42.50 per cent over the corresponding period of FY 2019-20 when the net collection was Rs 9,56,550.3 crore, and a growth of 34.96 per cent over the same period of FY 2018-19 when the net collection was Rs 10,09,982.9 crore.
The net direct tax collections include corporate income tax (CIT) of Rs 7,19,035.0 crore (net of refund) and personal income tax (PIT) including STT of Rs 6,40,588.3 crore (net of refund).
The gross collection of direct taxes (before adjusting for refunds) for the FY 2021-22 (as on March 16, 2022) stood at Rs 15,50,364.2 crore compared to Rs 11,20,638.6 crore in the corresponding period of the preceding financial year.
The gross collection for the FY 2019-20 was Rs 11,34,706.3 crore and that for FY 2018-19 was Rs 11,68,048.7 crore.
The gross collection includes CIT of Rs 8,36,838.2 crore and PIT of Rs 7,10,056.8 crore.
“Minor head wise collection (as on March 16, 2022), comprises advance tax of Rs 6,62,896.3 crore, tax deducted at source of Rs 6,86,798.7 crore, self-assessment tax of Rs 1,34,391.1 crore; regular assessment tax of Rs 55,249.5 crore; dividend distribution tax of Rs 7,486.6 crore and tax under other minor heads of Rs 3,542.1 crore,” the statement said.
The cumulative advance tax collections for the current 2021-22 fiscal stood at Rs 6,62,896.3 crore as on March 16, 2022, as compared to Rs 4,70,984.4 crore for the corresponding period of the immediately preceding financial year.
This was 50.5 per cent higher than Rs 4,40,281.4 crore advance tax collection in FY 2019-20 and 31 per cent more than Rs 5,06,714.2 crore mopped up in 2018-19.
The advance tax figure of Rs 6,62,896.3 crore comprises CIT of Rs 4,84,451.8 crore and PIT of Rs 1,78,441.1 crore. “This amount is expected to increase as further information is awaited from banks,” the statement added.
Refunds amounting to Rs 1,87,325.9 crore have also been issued in FY 2021-22 so far.

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