Tax kitty to exceed Budget estimate in 2016-17, says Arun Jaitley

Stands by decision to advance Budget date; many states seek loosening of fiscal deficit rule


While some states have complained of declining tax revenues due to demonetisation, the Centre is hopeful of exceeding its Budget 2017 Estimates (BE) for 2016-17 in both direct and indirect tax collections.

It has reiterated the decision to advance the Budget presentation date to February 1, despite objections.

“We will end this year with higher revenues for both direct and indirect taxes compared to the estimates,” said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley after the Goods and Services Tax Council meeting and pre-Budget consultation with state counterparts.

The states raised concern over declining revenues and sought relaxation in the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) limit, beside central support to revive labour-intensive industries.

To a query, Jaitley said the Reserve Bank (RBI) would remove the current restrictions on cash withdrawal after assessing the situation. He ruled out a change in the conditions barring anyone other than non-resident Indians (NRIs) and those returning from abroad from depositing the junked notes in select central bank branches.

“Actions are taken in phases and so are relaxations,” he said on when the cash withdrawal restrictions could be ended. Read Full Story >>>


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