India’s net direct tax collections picked up pace over the past month to touch ₹8.77 lakh crore by November 30, 24.3% higher than the same period a year ago and constituting nearly two-third of the Budget target for 2022-23.
The direct tax kitty, net of refunds, had crossed ₹7 lakh crore by September 17, 23.3% higher than 2021-22, but that growth had slowed to 16.3% by October 8, when net direct tax collections stood at ₹7.45 lakh crore.
In a series of tweets on Monday, the Finance Ministry said that there has been “steady growth in direct tax collections”. “Net collection in FY 2022-23 is 24.26% higher than the net collection for the corresponding period of the preceding year. 61.79% of Budget Estimates for FY 2022-23 already achieved.
Emphasising that refunds have been issued speedily, the ministry said that 66.92% higher refunds were issued upto November 2022 compared to the corresponding period last year. “Refunds amounting to ₹2.15 lakh crore have been issued between 1st April, 2022 to 30th Nov., 2022,” it noted.
Theaverage processing time of income tax returns has been reduced from 26 days in 2021-22 to 16 days, while the period of verification of returns has been slashed to 30 days from 120 days, the ministry added. About 96.5% of the returns filed by November 30 have ‘already been e-verified’, it said.