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NEW DELHI : The union government has reduced the windfall tax on sale of locally produced crude oil to 13,000 per tonne.

For the past two weeks, the sale of crude oil produced in India attracted an additional duty of 17,750 per tonne.

Centre has also revised the cess on export of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) to 2 per litre. For the past two weeks, ATF exports did not attract the cess.

The special additional excise duty on export of diesel has been increased from 5 to 6 per litre, and including a cess it would 7 per litre.

Export of petrol would continue without the levy of the windfall tax. The new rates are effective from 19 August.

On July 1, Centre imposed an export duty of 6 per litre on petrol and ATF and a 13 a litre duty on export of diesel. A windfall tax of 23,250 per tonne was imposed on the sale of domestic crude.

The taxes were first reviewed on 20 July, wherein the 6 per litre duty on petrol exports was scrapped and the tax on the export of diesel and jet fuel (ATF) was reduced 11 and 4 respectively.

The tax on domestically produced crude was also cut to 17,000 per tonne on 20 July.

Revenue Secretary Tarun Bajaj had said after the imposition of the tax on 1 July that it would be reviewed every 15-days factoring in the foreign exchange rate and global crude prices, among other factors.

Government first imposed windfall taxes on July 1 amid high profits incurred by oil and gas companies due to elevated energy prices on the back of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Domestic producers sell crude to refiners at prices benchmarked on international prices. The bellwether Brent crude prices were largely at multi-year high levels since February till a month back.

Crude prices have eased of late and have fallen to 6-month low levels amid recession fears. At the time of writing the article, the October contract of Brent on the Intercontinental Exchange was $96.09 per barrel, higher by 2.61% from its previous close. 

Rituraj Baruah
Rituraj Baruah is a senior correspondent at Mint, reporting on housing, urban affairs, small businesses and energy. He has reported on diverse sectors over the last six years including, commodities and stocks market, insolvency and real estate. He has previous stints at Cogencis Information Services, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) and Inc42.
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Updated: 19 Aug 2022, 05:27 AM IST
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