• Notification Date: 08-03-2024
  • Notification No: N/A

Centre to meet Revised Estimate Target for Direct Tax Collections

The Centre hopes to achieve its revised direct tax collections target for the current fiscal year, but personal income tax (PIT) mop-up could be slightly lower than the respective revised estimate, a senior official told FE on Tuesday. 

“We are witnessing a slower growth in PIT collections, so we might miss the revised estimate target (of PIT) for FY24 by a slight margin,” the official said. The growth in direct tax collections, net of refunds, between April 1-March 4 has slowed down to 17.4%, the official added. This is much lower than 20.3% growth recorded between April 1-February 10. 

The interim budget has pegged the FY24 direct tax collections to come in at Rs 19.45 trillion, which is 17.2% higher than actuals of FY23. The PIT collections are expected to rise 22.7% on year to Rs 10.22 trillion in FY24, and corporate tax mop-up is seen increasing by 11.7% to Rs 9.23 trillion. 

During April 1-February 10, corporate tax collections were up 13.6% on year, and PIT mop-up was up by 27.2%. 

Usually, collections in the last quarter of any financial year slows due to higher outgo of refunds, but this time, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is aiming to expedite resolution of appeals and issue refunds wherever required, FE had reported last month, quoting an official. This is expected to hit corporate tax collections as well. 

According to reports, the count of appeals pending with the income tax department as of March 31, 2023, rose to 516,000 from 496,000 as of March 31, 2022. Among these, more than 280,000 appeals have remained pending for over three years. 

As per government data, the total amount under dispute pertaining to personal income tax, till the end of FY23 stood at Rs 4.50 trillion, and that of corporate tax stood at Rs 5.98 trillion. 

The Income Tax department has issued refunds amounting to Rs. 2.77 trillion during April 1- February 10 FY24, as compared to Rs 2.69 trillion issued during the same period of FY23.