GST revenue gap may widen to Rs 85,000 crore for FY18: Amit Mitra
Expressing concern over declining goods and services tax (GST) revenue, West Bengal’s finance minister Amit Mitra on Thursday said that states are facing a revenue shortfall of Rs 39,111 crore in the four months after the July 1 roll-out.
The government had anticipated a revenue shortfall of Rs 55,000 crore, which was expected to be recovered through the compensation cess levied on luxury and sin goods, but now the revenue gap is expected to widen to Rs 80-85,000 crore for the whole financial year, Dr Mitra said.
“Revenue of Rs 43,013 crore per month was to be protected for states. For all states for four months, we needed Rs 1.72 lakh crore for revenue protection. What have we got? Rs 1.33 lakh crore. That means there is a revenue protection shortfall of Rs 39,111 crore in the (first) four months,” Dr Mitra said at the annual general meeting of FICCI.
Dr Amit Mitra was participating in a session on GST with the finance ministers of Jammu & Kashmir and Bihar.