NEW DELHI : Central and state governments have collected Rs. 1,02,083 crore from Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July, 5.8% more than what they mopped up in the same month a year ago, an official statement said here.

This is the third time the combined central and state GST receipts crosses 1 trillion mark so far this fiscal. The union government is bound to compensate states for any shortfall in their revenue collection below an agreed 14% annual growth every year in the first five years of GST regime. Tax collected in July pertain to the transactions in June. After showing a 10% annual growth in April GST receipts, collections remained rangebound between 6.6 and 5.8% in subsequent months.

The statement said the union government collected 17,912 crore, while states collected 25,008 crore. Receipts from integrated GST (IGST) on inter-state sales stood at 50,612 crore and from GST cess at 8,551 crore. On account of the revenue shortfall in FY19 and the growth rate remaining below 14% so far in FY20, the central government’s requirement to compensate states continues and raises questions about states revenue position after the first five years of GST if the current trend continues. Central and states collected and average RS 93,114 crore a month last fiscal against a 1 trillion combined monthly target.

The GST shortfall could make the union government more dependent on cesses and surcharges on various taxes to find resources for compensating states for their revenue shortfall.

The Controller General of Accounts (CGA), the government’s internal auditor, said on Wednesday the central government’s gross tax revenue in the June quarter grew at a slow pace of 2.7% to 1.86 trillion from the year ago period. (ends)

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