GST could affect Direct Tax Collection in FY19

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New Delhi : The government is estimated to have witnessed a shortfall of ₹50,000 crore in direct tax collection target of ₹12 lakh crore for 2018-19, a senior finance ministry official said Tuesday.

The shortfall in DirectTax collection coupled with lower GST realisation may have implications on fiscal deficit, which the government has pegged at 3.4% of the GDP.

“DirectTax collection for 2018-19 is around ₹11.5 lakh crore…,” the official said.

The government had revised the direct tax collection target upwards to ₹12 trillion from the original Budget Estimate of ₹11.5 trillion for 2018-19. It was expecting higher collections from corporate taxes.

The revision was made during the interim Budget for 2019-20 in February.

The target for GST collection was revised downwards to ₹6.44 trillion from the Budget Estimate of ₹7.44 trillion.

The GST collection is also estimated to have missed the revised target. The GST Council had reduced tax rates on several items during 2018-19.

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