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NEW DELHI, 8 JUNE: India’s gross direct tax collections increased 21.10 per cent to Rs 63,252 crore in the first two months of the current financial year, surpassing the government’s expectations.
According to data released by the finance ministry, gross collections from direct tax was Rs 63,252 crore in April-May period of this year as compared to Rs 52,231 crore recorded in the corresponding period last year, registering an increase of 21.10 per cent year-on-year.
In the Union Budget, the government had set a target of nearly 18 per cent increase in collections from direct tax in the whole financial year 2013-14.
In the first two months of the current financial year, gross collection of personal income tax jumped by 27.29 per cent to Rs 34,805 crore, while gross collection of corporate taxes showed an increase of 14.91 per cent to Rs 27,957 crore.
Net direct tax collections was up by 6.44 per cent and stood at Rs 37,596 crore, as compared to Rs 35,322 crore in the corresponding period in the last fiscal, the finance ministry said in a statement. Wide gap in gross and net direct tax collections was because of high refunds.
Net collection of wealth tax increased by 86.67 per cent to Rs 28 crore in April-May period, while collections from Securities Transaction Tax dropped by 14.63 per cent to Rs 461 crore.