Indirect tax collections rise by 20% to Rs 4.17 trillion in Apr-Feb

Indirect tax collections rise by 20% to Rs 4.17 trillion in Apr-Feb New Delhi: Indirect tax collections has registered growth of 20 percent to Rs 4.17 lakh crore in April-February period of the ongoing fiscal.

The Budget targetted 27 percent growth in the indirect tax collections in 2012-13 financial year.

The excise duty collection during April-February period totalled Rs 1.54 lakh crore, while customs duty mop up was at Rs 1.5 lakh crore, according to sources in the tax department.

The service tax collection was Rs 1.13 lakh crore during the period.

The government had fixed the target of indirect tax collection, comprising customs, excise and service tax, at Rs 5.05 lakh crore for the current fiscal, an increase of about 27 percent from 2011-12 target.

In February, the indirect tax collection was Rs 41,000 crore.

Meanwhile, macroeconomic data has shown initial signs of recovery.

After declining for two months in a row, industrial output in January grew by 2.4 percent. As per the IIP data, the industrial production has recorded an increase of 1 percent during the 10-month period (April-January 2012-13), down from 3.4 percent in the same period of 2011-12.

RBI is scheduled to announce its mid-quarter review of monetary policy on March 19 and there is widespread expectation that the central bank will cut policy rates to boost growth prospects.

PTI