Sharp drop in tax payment by oil firms in Q2

Top corporates and banks, including Bharti Airtel, Maruti Suzuki, SAIL and SBI, have paid lower advance taxes during the July-September quarter, reflecting the impact of slowdown.

Slowdown impact

The other large companies, which have paid lower taxes during the second quarter, include Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum, National Aluminium, Hyundai Motors, Rashtriya Ispat Nigam and Bosch. ICICI Bank paid the same amount as last year.

However, on account of increased advance tax payment by certain companies such as ONGC, Reliance Industries and Tata Steel, the overall collections from top 100 corporates during the July-September quarter were up 9.86 per cent as compared to the corresponding period last fiscal.

The increase in advance tax realisation during April- September works out to be 12.02 per cent, according to the data on top 100 companies tabulated by the IT Department.

The data reveal a sharp decline in payment of advance taxes by state-owned petroleum companies which are hit by rising prices of crude in the international market.

While Indian Oil paid no advance tax during the quarter as against Rs.351 crore during the corresponding period last fiscal, payment by Bharat Petroleum declined by 83 per cent to Rs.35 crore during the period.

Auto sector

The slowdown was also witnessed in the auto sector, with Maruti Suzuki paying Rs.120 crore during the second quarter, down 55.88 per cent over last year's.

Similarly, advance tax payment by Hyundai declined by 13.52 per cent to Rs.81 crore.

Tata Motors showed no increase in payment of advance tax during the second quarter.

As per the Central Board of Direct Taxes data, net advance tax collections in the first six months of this fiscal stood at Rs.1.80 lakh crore, up 6.6 per cent year-on-year.

In the banking sector, SBI and Oriental Bank of Commerce paid lesser tax in the second quarter of this fiscal over July-September, 2010.

On the other hand, tax contribution by Punjab National Bank, HDFC Bank and Canara Bank showed an increase. Advance tax payment by ICICI Bank, however, remained flat at Rs.650 crore.

In the power sector, NTPC's payment increased by 42.49 per cent to Rs.721 crore during the period under review, while that of Neyveli Lignite Corporation was down 50.19 per cent.

The reduction in payment of advance tax by corporates comes at a time when the industrial growth fell to a meagre 3.3 per cent in July amidst high interest rates. Factory output measured on IIP was 9.9 per cent in July last year.

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