Direct Tax collections fall short for FY 2018-2019

Direct tax collections of the Financial Year (FY) 2018-19 has fallen short by Rs 50,000 crore. The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has reported that the collections have failed to meet the target of Rs 12 lakh crore in the gone by fiscal.

According to the predicted figures, Rs 5.29 crore target of personal income tax collection was not met by almost the same shortfall amount of Rs 50,000 crore. However, the corporate tax target of Rs 6.71 crore has more or less met with insignificant differences.

Corporate tax collection during the FY 2018-19 was Rs 6. 62 lakh crore while income tax collections totalled to only Rs 4.42 lakh crore. Securities Transaction Tax (STT) collection was 11,527 crore, latest data until April 1 showed.

On March 26, CBDT Member (Revenue) Neena Kumar shot off a letter to all the regional chiefs of the department stating that the tax collection figures have “been reviewed, and it is seen that as against the budget collection target of Rs 12,00,000 crore, only 85.1 per cent of the target at Rs 10,21,251 crore has been collected as on March 23.”

CBDT is disappointed with this alarming situation and has asked the tax officials to monitor advance tax and arrear collections and also to keep a check on tax evasion.

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