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Rs 83,346 crores collected under GST for the month of October 2017, received in November (upto 27th Nov 2017) 

 

Newdelhi:278/11/17:   A sum of Rs 83,346 crores has been collected as Total Revenue Collection under GST for the month of October, received in November till 27th November 2017.  95.9lakh taxpayers have been registered under GST so far, of which 15.1 lakh are composition dealers who are required to file returns every quarter. 50.1 lakh returns have been filed for the month of October till 26th November 2017.

Revenue of States: The States have collected a total of Rs. 87,238 crores by way of SGST in the months of August, September, October and November 2017 (till 27th November).  Further on all inter-state trade, a net amount is transferred from IGST account to the SGST account whenever IGST collected is used for payment of SGST.  By way of settlement an amount of Rs. 31,821 crores has been released to the States for the months of August, September and October 2017. Rs13,882 crores is being released by way of settlement to all the States for the month of November 2017.  Further, as per Goods and Services (Compensation to States) Act 2017, the States revenues are fully protected against any shortfall in GST collections.  A compensation amount of Rs. 10,806 crores has been released to all the States for the months of July and August 2017 and a compensation of Rs.13,695 crores for the months of September and October 2017 is being released.  The States revenues have thus been fully protected taking base year revenue as 2015-16 and providing for a projected revenue growth rate of 14%.

Centre’s Revenue: The total CGST income in the months of August, September, October and November (till 27th November) has been Rs.58,556 crores.  In addition to this, an amount of Rs.16,233 crores has been transferred from IGST account to CGST account by way of settlement of funds on account of inter-state supply of goods and services in the month of August, September and October, 2017.  Further, Rs. 10,145 crores is being transferred to CGST account from IGST account for the month of November 2017 by way of settlement. The major reason for the gap in income of CGST and SGST has been that more CGST liability has been discharged using transition credit rather than by way of cash.   Thus, taxpayers are using the balance credit available with them in the previous tax regime, which is the reason why there is an additional revenue gap in the Centre’s revenue.

 

The reason for downward trend of tax revenue under GST could be attributed to the following factors :

  • Because of the first time requirement of paying IGST on transfer of goods from one state to another state even within the same company, there was an additional cash flow of IGST in the first 3 months.  As and when the final transaction of these goods takes place, the credit for IGST is being utilized for payment of SGST and CGST and therefore, the inflow of new taxes is low;
  • Since the overall incidence of taxes on most of the commodities have come down under GST, it would naturally have some implication on the revenues of the Government.
  • The tax administration of GST is now based on self-declared Tax Return, in which the assesse decides on his own how much tax liability he has and claims input tax credit as per his own calculations.  Since implementation of some of the main features of GST such as, matching of returns, e-way bill as well as reverse charge mechanism have been postponed the tax compliance may not be up to the mark.

Returns filed:   The total number of GSTR 3B returns filed for the return period July, August, September and October 2017 till 26th November is 58.7 lakh,    58.9 lakh,    57.3 lakh    and 50.1 lakh respectively.

About Editor in chief

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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