Where most of the states have suffered a severe setback in the first month of the GST launch, Uttar Pradesh experienced a great start by registering the highest revenue rise in the country in August (the July tax paid in August) over the corresponding month of 2016.
Against the Rs 3810.08 crore commercial tax revenue earned in August last year, the state got Rs 4755.86 crore tax during the same month of this year registering a growth of 24.82%. In a recent note to the government on ‘GST’s impact on the revenue’, commercial tax commissioner Mukesh Meshram termed the increase as the highest in the country. “Despite all the odds, the department has earned 24.82% more revenue in August this year vis-à-vis the corresponding month of the previous year and the revenue collection is 98.37% of the target,” he says in the note claiming, “The post-GST revenue rise in UP is the highest in the country.”
The rise of revenue in the state is even higher. Leaving non-gst goods, the tax increase from gst goods has been calculated to be 33.67% which is 110.62% of the target. The revenue growth with respect to the goods that are outside the GST regime has been found to be low at 13% only. The growth of the state has become more special as most of the other states had reported a negative revenue growth post GST. “We were expecting 20%-25% fall in revenue in August this year compared to the same period the previous year,” Meshram says. Giving more reasons for the apprehensions, he says in the note, “First, the sale-purchase was expected to be low in July since most of the dealers resorted to pre-GST sale offers to empty their existing stocks, second, the tax rates on most of the goods had been lowered in GST regime and third the department had suspended the enforcement with regard to tax evasion till the next orders. Not only 80.59% of the VAT dealers were made to migrate to the GST but 2,78,840 new traders have also been registered so far which is the highest in the country, Gujarat coming second.”
Additional chief secretary (commercial tax) RK Tiwari says the initial post-GST revenue rise is very encouraging and contrary to the estimates.
“Now, we can expect to do even better in future by putting an effective check on tax evasion,” he says.
Sources –Hindustan Times
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