Advance tax mop-up grows 15% in Q3; LIC, ICICI Bank, HDFC lead

The growth chart is led by the largest financial institution LIC which has paid 10 percent more at Rs 1,297 crore in advance tax payout for the third quarter compared to Rs 1,166 crore in the same period a year ago.

Last Updated: Dec 15, 2012, 22:28 PM IST

Mumbai: The third quarter advance corporate tax collection from the top 100 companies from the city has shown a modest 15 percent growth year-on-year backed by higher payouts by the banking and financial sector, according to the income tax department sources.

The growth chart is led by the largest financial institution LIC which has paid 10 percent more at Rs 1,297 crore in advance tax payout for the third quarter compared to Rs 1,166 crore in the same period a year ago.

However, the largest lender State Bank of India has paid marginally lower advance tax in the third quarter at Rs 1,701 crore as against Rs 1,730 crore in the same period last year.

A statement from the State Bank said its total advance tax outgo this fiscal touched Rs 4,694 crore as against Rs 4,484 crore paid in the corresponding period last fiscal, which is a growth of 4.5 percent.

Similarly, housing lender HDFC said it has paid Rs 560 crore in advance tax against Rs 475 crore in the year ago period, a growth of 18 percent.

Advance tax is a staggered way of paying income taxes through the year. It is generally taken as a barometer of a company's earnings for the period.

Mumbai contributes over a third of the overall direct tax collection. The I-T department is targeting to collect Rs 1,78,453 crore from the city this fiscal, a 13.5 percent jump over last year.

Leading private sector banks like ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank have seen their tax payouts increasing.

While ICICI Bank has paid 35 percent more at Rs 675 crore up from Rs 500 crore, the second largest private sector lender HDFC Bank has paid Rs 1,000 crore in the third quarter of this fiscal as against Rs 900 crore in the same period last fiscal.

Software major TCS has also seen a major spike in its tax outgo at Rs 810 crore compared to Rs 530 crore, which is a growth of over 50 percent, while Tech Mahindra has paid Rs 60 crore, which is the same amount it had paid in the year-ago period.

Bank of Baroda paid Rs 550 crore compared to Rs 525 crore last quarter while Central Bank of India paid Rs 120 crore against Rs 104 crore in the year ago period. Another public sector Union Bank has paid Rs 341 crore against Rs 221 crore.

Mid-sized lender Yes Bank paid Rs 210 crore against Rs 160 crore in the year-ago quarter.

Among the international banks, Deutsche Bank has seen its advance tax payout doubling to Rs 300 crore from Rs 150 crore. StanChart has seen a marginal rise at Rs 490 crore against Rs 470 crore.

Similarly, HSBC has also paid slightly higher at Rs 428 crore compared to Rs 423 crore, while Citi has paid 25 percent more at Rs 500 crore against Rs 400 crore. LIC's housing finance subsidiary LICHF has paid Rs 113 crore compared to Rs 91 crore.

JSW Steel has seen its tax outgo jumping to Rs 130 crore up from Rs 50 crore, while other group company JSW Energy has paid Rs 73 crore against no payment in the reporting quarter last fiscal.

However, the largest steel maker Tata Steel has seen its outgo more than halving to Rs 529 crore as against Rs 1,090 crore.

Among the auto sector, Bajaj Auto has paid Rs 470 crore compared to Rs 450 crore, while Tata Motors has not paid any amount this time around against Rs 60 crore it had paid in the corresponding quarter last fiscal.

Tata Chemicals has paid a little less at Rs 70 crore against Rs 72 crore.

In the pharma sector, Cipla has paid Rs 125 crore against Rs 95 crore, while Lupin's payout in the third quarter has soared to Rs 133 crore from Rs 43 crore.

While Glaxo has paid Rs 90 crore against Rs 84 crore, Bayer has seen its seen its tax payout jumping to Rs 220 crore against Rs 15 crore a year ago.

Engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro has seen its tax payout declining a bit to Rs 333 crore from Rs 350 crore, while Aditya Birla group company Ultratech has paid Rs 250 crore from Rs 200 crore.

Similarly, Ambuja Cement has paid Rs 150 crore as compared to 113 crores in the corresponding quarter of last fiscal while ACC paid 112 crores against Rs 95 crores in the same period a year ago.

Among the FMCG companies, HUL has seen its tax outgo jumping to Rs 450 crore as against Rs 290 crore, while Colgate has also paid nearly double at Rs 60 crore up from Rs 39 crore.

Oil major BPCL has also paid a higher advance tax in the quarter at Rs 201 crore against nil a year ago.

Reliance Industries paid 10 percent more advance tax in the quarter to December at Rs 1,100 crore, up from Rs 1,000 crore it had paid in the year ago period, said an I-T department official who declined to be named.

Traditionally, RIL is the second largest tax payer from Mumbai after SBI, this time around has paid a tad less.

Auto major M&M too has paid higher advance tax at Rs 295 crore in the reporting period up from Rs 207 crore.

The total target of tax collection for the Mumbai circle is pegged at Rs 1.78 lakh crore for the current fiscal while the national target is at Rs 5.75 lakh crore.

In keeping with the norms laid down by the Income-Tax Act, companies are required to pay 15 percent of their total advance tax in the first quarter, followed by 30 percent each in the next two quarters and 25 percent in the next last quarter.

According to the finance ministry website, the gross collection of corporate taxes showed an increase of 3 percent at Rs 2,05,301 crore for the April-November period of the current fiscal as against Rs 1,99,317 crore during the same period last year.