Larger purpose of demonetisation was to make India tax compliant society: Jaitley

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New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that the larger purpose of demonetisation was to move India from a tax non-compliant society to a compliant society.

“This is the positive impact of the Demonetisation. More formalisation of the Economy, More Money in the System, Higher Tax Revenue, Higher Expenditure, Higher Growth after the first two quarters,” Jaitley said in a blog.

The Finance Minister stated that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has twice released its reports stating that the demonetised notes Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 have been substantially deposited in the banks.

“A widely stated comment has been that just because most of the currency came back into the Banks, the object of Demonetisation has not succeeded, Was the invalidation of the Non-deposited currency the only object of demonetisation? Certainly Not,” Jaitley said.

“The larger purpose of demonetisation was to move INDIA from a Tax Non-compliant society to a compliant society. This necessarily involved the formalisation of the Economy and a blow to the black money,” the Finance Minister added.

Jaitley said that there has been a phenomenal increase in the number of Income Tax (IT) returns filed in 2017-18 from 2014.

He noted that in the last two years, when the impact of demonetisation and other steps are analysed, the IT returns have increased by 19 per cent and 25 per cent.

“Cash once deposited removes anonymity of its owner. Accordingly, post demonetisation about 1.8 million depositors have been identified for enquiry. Many of them are being fastened with Tax and Penalties. Mere deposit in a bank does not lead to a presumption that it is TAX paid Money,” he said.

“In March 2014, the number of Income Tax returns filed was 3.8 crores. In 2017-18, this figure has grown to 6.86 crores. In the last two years, when the impact of demonetisation and other steps are analysed, the Income Tax returns have increased by 19% and 25%. This is a phenomenal increase. The number of New Returns filed post demonetisation increased in the past two years by 85.51 Lakhs and 1.07 crores,” he added.

Jaitley also informed that the Income Tax collections have increased from the 2013-14 figure of `6.38 Lakh crores to the 2017-18 figure of `10.02 Lakh crores.

“For 2018-19, advance Tax in the first quarter has increased for personal Income Tax Assesses by 44.1% and in the Corporate Tax category by 17.4%. The Income Tax collections have increased from the 2013-14 figure of `6.38 Lakh crores to the 2017-18 figure of `10.02 Lakh crores,” he said.

“The growth of Income Tax collections in the Pre-demonetisation two years was 6.6% and 9%. Post-demonetisation, the collections increased by 15% and 18% in the next two years. The same trend is visible in the third year. The GST was implemented from 1st July, 2017 i.e. Post demonetisation. In the very first year, the number of registered assesses has increased by 72.5%. The original 66.17 Lakh assesses has increased to 114.17 Lakhs,” he added.