He mentioned apprehensions in regards to the state of the financial system, battered by the COVID-19 unfold, have been belied because it “did so properly and the corporates got here out so properly (in paying taxes)” throughout the present monetary 12 months 2021-22.
Mohapatra exuded confidence that the direct tax mop up, which primarily contains private income tax and company tax income receipts, will proceed its current streak and the division will be capable of efficiently chase the goal of gathering Rs 14.20 lakh crore in taxes within the subsequent fiscal.
“It is going to be very troublesome to say how issues will pan out the subsequent 12 months however there is no such thing as a room to say that good instances solely final for 4 quarters,” Mohapatra instructed PTI in an interview.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) is the executive physique for the I-T division and based on its March 17 announcement, direct tax collections (as on March 16) in India broke all earlier information.
The CBDT chief listed the explanations that he believes led to the report collections.
“First is the strengthening of the Indian financial system. The higher the financial system, the higher is the tax mop up, which is occurring proper now.”
“Second cause would be the reforms undertaken throughout departments having an impact on the tax division’s personal assortment numbers,” he mentioned.
There are coverage measures which have been taken over a time period, within the finances or outdoors the finances, and at the moment are giving the “rebound impact” or dividends, Mohapatra mentioned.
“The third cause, I might say, would be the reforms inside the division… which have been steady within the final 4 years.
“Most likely, now we have modified greater than ever within the historical past of this division and these reforms take some time to collect steam and create outcomes,” he mentioned.
Mohapatra mentioned after three-four years of engaged on the reforms, each the taxpayer and the division are getting acquainted with the brand new processes and procedures and they’re “slowly bearing fruit.”
“So, the purpose is that the reforms, as soon as triggered, don’t yield outcome straight away however it takes time to sink within the thoughts, consciousness and in addition within the operational tradition of the division. So, now in all probability the time has come during which we’re seeing the outcomes of the reforms within the division,” he mentioned.
The fourth issue, Mohapatra mentioned, was “small however essential” and is said to the know-how induction within the I-T division.
“For instance, the annual info system (AIS) during which an increasing number of details about the monetary transactions they might have accomplished within the 12 months is now being delivered to the taxpayer. That is taking them in direction of voluntary compliance.
“Out of the over Rs 13.63 lakh crore assortment (as on March 16), solely about Rs 54,000-55,000 crore has come from common evaluation tax (below which tax is paid by the assessee after division points discover to them).
“The remainder of the gathering is coming by means of voluntary compliance. That is occurring as a result of taxpayers are getting empowered with the monetary info which is on the market to them,” he mentioned.
Earlier, taxpayers used to “wrestle” to get this info however now they’ve it at their fingertips, the CBDT chief mentioned.
“So, this has additionally helped the taxpayer to pay the correct quantity of taxes,” he mentioned.
Mohapatra mentioned that by the top of this fiscal on March 31, the online or precise tax collections, after issuance of due refunds, ought to settle “upwards of Rs 13.5 lakh crore.”
The I-T division was given a goal to gather Rs 11.08 lakh crore (finances estimates) this fiscal and it was later revised to Rs 12.50 lakh crore.
Mohapatra mentioned collections below all heads have been the very best this time. He gave a breakup to substantiate his level.
This 12 months until March 16, the gathering below the advance tax class was Rs 6.62 lakh crore, which is 40.7 per cent greater than 2020-21, 50.6 per cent greater than 2019-20 and 30.8 per cent greater than 2018-19, he mentioned.
Equally, the gathering below the tax deducted at supply (TDS) class stands at Rs 6.79 lakh crore, which is 37.7 per cent greater than 2020-21, 40.5 per cent greater than 2019-20 and 51.9 per cent greater than 2018-19, he added.
The gathering below the self evaluation tax (SAT) class, Mohapatra mentioned, stands at Rs 1,34,318 crore, which is 34.9 per cent larger than 2020-21, 36.1 per cent larger than 2019-20, and 42.9 per cent greater than 2018-19.
Below the common tax class, he mentioned, the gathering is Rs 55,238 crore — 46.5 per cent greater than 2020-21 and eight.9 per cent greater than 2019-20.
For STT (securities transaction tax for shares) class, the federal government had set a goal of Rs 12,500 crore initially of the 12 months and within the revised estimates, it was hiked to Rs 20,000 crore, the CBDT chief mentioned.
“We’re greater than Rs 22,000 crore (by March 16). So, all parts, sub-components, gross and web numbers are the very best up to now within the historical past of the division.
“These are very massive numbers and this has come on the most opportune time within the historical past of the division,” he mentioned.
Mohapatra mentioned the division has not accomplished a “sectoral evaluation” but to have the ability to say how varied sections of the financial system fared.
“Sectors which did properly can be these which are doing properly within the present time like banking. Nevertheless, we’re but to finish the sectoral evaluation. I’ll come again later to say which sectors have accomplished properly and which haven’t accomplished properly,” he mentioned.