Indirect tax collections rise by 20% in April 12 – February 13 period.

Indirect tax collection has registered growth of 20% to Rs 4.17 lakh crore in April-February period of the ongoing fiscal.

The Budget targeted 27% growth in the indirect tax collections in 2012-13 financial year.

The excise duty collection during April-February period totalled Rs 1.54 lakh crore, while customs duty mop up was at Rs 1.5 lakh crore. The service tax collection was Rs 1.13 lakh crore during the period. The government had fixed the target of indirect tax collection, comprising customs, excise and service tax, at Rs 5.05 lakh crore for the current fiscal, an increase of about 27% from 2011-12 target. In February, the indirect tax collection was Rs 41,000 crore.

Meanwhile, macroeconomic data has shown initial signs of recovery. After declining for two months in a row, industrial output in January grew by 2.4%. As per the IIP data, the industrial production has recorded an increase of 1% during the 10-month period (April-January 2012-13), down from 3.4% in the same period of 2011-12.