Mumbai: Allaying fears of any serious slowdown in the growth momentum, advance tax collections from top 100 corporates from the nation’s financial capital saw 18% jump in the quarter to September.
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, which is reported to have paid Rs 2,000 crore for the second quarter, leads the list of advance tax payees.
Besides, steel, software exporters and private banks have also paid higher advance tax for the quarter, according to the sources at the income tax department here.
The list of laggards is topped by State Bank of India amidst slowing credit growth, which is said to have paid less this quarter at Rs 1,700 crore against Rs 1,900 crore in the year-ago period, followed by the oil marketing firms which are bleeding due to rising under-recoveries.
Hindustan Petroleum’s advance tax payment came down by a third over the last year to a paltry Rs 30 crore for the September quarter, while its PSU peer Bharat Petroleum saw its tax outgo halving to Rs 100 crore.
Recent macro data like the factory output growth, which fell to a two-year low at 3.3% in August, and repeated comments from India Inc about the difficulties in doing business on the back of high lending rates and a grim global situation, have led to fears about poor financial performances of corporates in the current quarter.
Advance tax payout is a barometer of a company’s performance.
RIL, which sold 30% interest in the KG basin fields to British Petroleum recently, is likely to have paid an advance tax of Rs 2,000 crore against Rs 1,200 crore in the year-ago period, the sources said.
All Tata Group firms, led by TCS (Rs 570 crore as against Rs 270 crore in the same period this year), paid more in taxes this quarter, they said.
Tata Steel is said to have paid Rs 100 crore more this quarter at Rs 620 crore, sources said.
In the banking sector, where concerns have been expressed about the shrinking margins and rising bad loans, a majority of the public sector lenders showed flat tax payments.
Bank of Baroda, however, is said to have paid Rs 630 crore as against Rs 350 crore in the same quarter last year.
Largest private sector lender ICICI Bank, too, saw its advance tax outgo remaining flat at Rs 650 crore, while second largest lender HDFC Bank paid more this year, at Rs 800 crore as against Rs 600 crore.
YES Bank paid Rs 126 crore as compared to Rs 105 crore, the sources said, adding foreign banks, too, have registered an upswing in tax payouts.
Life insurance giant LIC paid Rs 1,160 crore against Rs 1,050 crore, while General Insurance Corporation paid Rs 130 crore versus last year’s Rs 90 crore.
Similarly, auto players, whose full throttle ride seems to have been coming to a halt due to rising interest rates and fuel prices, too, have fared poorly this time around.
Bajaj Auto is said to have paid Rs 250 crore against Rs 240 crore, utility major Mahindra and Mahindra paid Rs 170 crore versus Rs 160 crore, while the market leader Tata Motors’ payout was flat at Rs 90 crore, the sources said.
Consumer goods major Hindustan Unilever is likely to have paid Rs 200 crore against Rs 150 crore. In the media space, Zee Entertainment’s payment was flat at Rs 50 crore, while the Rupert Murdoch-led Star India is estimated to have paid Rs 10 crore versus nil last year, they said.
State-owned monopoly Nuclear Power Corp paid up three times in tax outgo at Rs 150 crore.
Crompton Greaves, which was in the news after its promoter group sold shares in the run-up to Q1 earnings, showed a marginal rise in tax outgo at Rs 70 crore versus Rs 68 crore, they said.
Hindustan Zinc has paid Rs 425 crore advance tax for the second quarter against Rs 250 crore in the comparable period last year.