Gross direct tax collection rises by 5% till Nov

Gross direct tax collection increased by 5 per cent till November, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said 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 direct tax collection.

In fact, there is an increase of 5 per cent in the gross direct tax collection till November, 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.

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

On the liquidity issue, the finance minister said banks have disbursed about Rs 2.5 lakh crore during their recent outreach programme.

Of this, Rs 1.5 lakh crore were fresh term loans.