UPDATE 1-India's Q1 indirect tax growth picks up

Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:00pm IST

(Adds details, background)

By Arup Roychoudhury

NEW DELHI, July 18 (Reuters) - India's indirect tax receipts grew 13.8 percent in the quarter ended June, said a senior tax official, faster than the previous quarter, due to an increase in tax rates in the budget.

Indirect tax receipts, which reflect industrial and service sector activity in the economy, grew at nearly 8 percent in the previous quarter.

The growth in indirect taxes, comprising customs, factory gate and service tax, is still lower than the annual target of 27 percent growth for the current fiscal year.

Finance ministry officials are worried that the economic slowdown may hurt tax collections, and it would not be easy to meet the targeted 5.1 percent fiscal deficit of GDP this year amid rising oil and food subsidy bills.

In the April-June period, indirect tax receipts rose to 1.07 trillion rupees ($18.16 billion) from 948.5 billion ($17.1 billion) in the year-ago period, S K Goel, chairman of the Central Board of Excise and Customs, told reporters on Wednesday.

Factory gate tax receipts grew at 29.8 percent during the first three months of the current fiscal year to 411.47 billion rupees.

In the March quarter, factory gate tax growth had dipped to nearly one percent.

Gross direct tax collections, comprising corporate and individual income tax, grew at 6.77 per cent during the June quarter, less than the targeted annual growth of 15 per cent.

($1=55.46 Indian rupees) (Writing by Manoj Kumar; Editing by Prateek Chatterjee)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Markets

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Segway in India

Segway in India

Segway’s India business pegs hope on tech-savvy Modi  Full Article 

Power Outage

Power Outage

Mumbai hit by power cuts  Full Article 

Commodities

Commodities

Gold imports, premiums to jump on festive demand - top refiner  Full Article 

Economic Worries

Economic Worries

Pakistan's promises to IMF in doubt as protests sap economy   Full Article 

Islamic Finance

Islamic Finance

Basel III deposit challenge looms over Islamic banks   Full Article 

Antitrust Probes

Antitrust Probes

U.S. business lobby says concerned China antitrust probes unfair.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage