GST collections remain subdued at Rs 95,380 cr in October; mop-up below Rs 1 lakh cr-mark for third month in a row

  • The Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection in October declined to Rs 95,380 crore, as against Rs 1,00,710 crore in the same month a year ago, as per government data released on Friday

  • This is the third consecutive month when GST mop-up remained below the Rs 1 lakh crore mark, despite October being a festive month

  • The revenue collection in September stood at Rs 91,916 crore

New Delhi: The Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections came in at Rs 95,380 crore in October, down 5.29 percent from Rs 1,00,710 crore in the same month last year, as per government data released on Friday.

This is the third consecutive month when GST mop-up remained below the Rs 1 lakh crore mark, despite the festival season.

Revenue collection from GST in September stood at Rs 91,916 crore.

"The gross GST revenue collected in the month of October, 2019 is Rs 95,380 crore of which CGST is Rs 17,582 crore, SGST is Rs 23,674 crore, IGST is Rs 46,517 crore (including Rs 21,446 crore collected on imports) and Cess is Rs 7,607 crore (including Rs 774 crore collected on imports)," the finance ministry said in a statement.

A total number of GSTR 3B returns (summary of self-assessed return) filed for the month of September (up to 30 October) was 73.83 lakh.

 GST collections remain subdued at Rs 95,380 cr in October; mop-up below Rs 1 lakh cr-mark for third month in a row

GST. Representational image. Reuters.

The total revenue earned by the central and the state governments after regular settlement in October was Rs 38,224 crore for CGST and Rs 37,645 crore for SGST.

Commenting on the data, traders' body CAIT said lower tax collections should not be assumed to be an indicator of an economic slowdown.

This lower GST collection is a result of a major chunk of offline sales shifting to the e-commerce companies which recently concluded their festive season sales, it alleged.

"Since these companies by flouting the FDI policy are indulging in deep discounting and predatory pricing policies, they have an expertise in avoiding GST and causing a severe loss of revenue to the government," CAIT said.

Vishal Raheja, DGM, Taxmann said that weak demand, low GDP growth rate and decline in industrial output could be the reasons for the decrease in GST revenue in October.

He added that GST collection in October has increased by 3.78 percent as compared to September.

The rise, he said, could be due to early festival season.

"Recently, the government has also taken various fiscal measures to boost the economy and it will surely help to raise revenue collections. The government might consider implementing the strict measures such as audit, surveys etc. to curb the GST evasion and to eventually increase the tax collection," Raheja added.

Aditi Nayar, an economist with ICRA, said the year-on-year decline in the GST collection in October is disturbing, although it can partly be explained by the cumulative impact of GST rate cuts as well as subdued consumption growth.

"The next month's collections, which will cover the festive period, will provide critical cues as to the extent of slippage that we could expect in the GST collections in FY2020 relative to the budgeted target," she added.

GST was introduced from 1 July, 2017.

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Updated Date: Nov 01, 2019 19:41:54 IST