Gross direct tax collection rises by 5% till Nov: FM

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament. Photo by PTI.

Gross direct tax collection increased by 5 percent till November, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday as she allayed fears of corporate tax reduction impacting revenue collection.

Replying to a debate on Taxation Law Amendment Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha, the minister categorically said there is no decrease in indirect tax collection.

In fact, there is an increase of 5 percent in the gross direct tax collection till November this fiscal, she said.

Historically, maximum collection of direct taxes happens in the last quarter of the fiscal, she added.

The main objective of the reduction in corporate tax was aimed at attracting fresh investment in the manufacturing sector.

Sitharaman said several domestic and global firms have expressed interest in investment post announcement of the reduction in the corporate tax rate.

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