New Delhi: The GST collections slipped to their lowest in November as rates were cut on dozens of goods to make the new national sales tax regime more acceptable.
Total collections under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) -- which is the amalgamation of the excise duty, service tax, VAT and several other indirect taxes -- in November slipped for the second straight month to Rs 80,808 crore, down from over Rs 83,000 crore in the previous month, a finance ministry statement said.
As many as 53.06 lakh tax returns had been filed till December 25, it said.
In the biggest GST rejig yet, tax rates on over 200 items, ranging from chewing gum to chocolates to beauty products, wigs and wrist watches, were cut in early November to provide relief to consumers and businesses amid economic slowdown.
As many as 178 items of daily use were shifted from the top tax bracket of 28 per cent to 18 per cent, while a uniform 5 per cent tax was prescribed for all restaurants, both air-conditioned and non-AC.
The rate cuts came on the back of GST Council -- the highest decision making body of the new indirect tax regime -- in October deciding to reduce tax rates on 27 products.
Of the Rs 80,808 crore collected in November, Rs 7,798 crore has been garnered as compensation cess in November -- the fifth month of GST rollout.
Besides, Rs 13,089 crore have been collected as Central GST, Rs 18,650 crore as State GST, Rs 41,270 crore as Integrated Goods and Services Tax.
Further, Rs 10,348 crore is being transferred from IGST to CGST account and Rs 14,488 crore is being transferred from IGST to SGST account by way of settlement of funds on account of cross utilisation of IGST credit for payment of CGST and SGST, respectively or due to inter-state business to consumer transactions.
Thus, a total amount of Rs 24,836 crore is being transferred from IGST to CGST/SGST account by way of settlement, the statement added.
Thus, the total collection of CGST and SGST for the month of December, 2017 (up to December 25) is Rs 23,437 crore and Rs 33,138 crore, respectively.
As per the data available, GST collections in July was over Rs 95,000 crore, while in August the figure was over Rs 91,000 crore.
In September, it was over Rs 92,150 crore and in October it was over Rs 83,000 crore.