Goods and Services Tax (GST) collections for October grossed Rs 1.05 lakh crore, the highest so far in the financial year and 10% higher than collections in the same month last year, which stood at Rs 95,379 crore.
The growth in the numbers – crossing the Rs 1 lakh crore mark for the first time since April – showed clear signs of recovery, the department of revenue said in a statement on Sunday.
“The growth in GST revenue as compared to that in months of July, August and September, 2020 of -14%, -8% and 5% respectively clearly shows the trajectory of recovery of the economy and, correspondingly, of the revenues,” the department said.
GST collections in July, August and September this year stood at Rs 87,422 crore, Rs 86,449 crore and Rs 95,480 crore, respectively.
During October, revenues from import of goods was 9% higher and the revenues from domestic transaction (including import of services) are 11% higher that the revenues from these sources during the same month last year.
Experts said the uptick in collections of almost Rs 10,000 crore over last year showed definitive revival of consumption and festival spends across the economy.
“Some potential reasons for this surge could be the splurged demand on account of the festivities and input tax credit/ other similar reconciliations which were due for businesses in September,” said Abhishek Jain, tax partner at EY.
“Continuance of this trend will help in narrowing the fiscal deficit for FY 21 and will go a long way in reviving business confidence across sectors as the impact of the unlock process across states gets translated into GST collection figures,” said MS Mani, Senior Director, Deloitte.
Of the gross GST revenue of Rs 1,05,155 crore collected in October, the Central GST is Rs 19,193 crore, state GST is Rs 25,411 crore, integrated GST is Rs 52,540 crore which includes Rs 23,375 crore collected on import of goods and cess is Rs 8,011crore including Rs 932 crore collected on import of goods.
The government has settled Rs 25,091 crore to CGST and Rs 19,427 crore to SGST from IGST as regular settlement. The total revenue earned by central government and the state governments after regular settlement in the month of October, 2020 is Rs 44,285 crore for CGST and Rs 44,839 crore for the SGST.
The total number of GSTR-3B Returns filed for the month of October up to 31st October, 2020 is 80 lakh.
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