|Principal chief commissioner of income tax RK Rai at the news meet in Patna on Friday and (above) Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Picture by Ashok Sinha
Team India skipper M.S. Dhoni continued to be the highest individual taxpayer in the Patna region that recorded the highest growth rate in the country in terms of collection of direct tax.
The Patna region comprises Bihar and Jharkhand. The state recorded 28 per cent growth in collection of income (I-T) and corporate tax against the national average of 13.6 per cent.
Dhoni paid Rs 20 crore as income tax during the financial year 2013-14, around Rs 2 crore less than the last fiscal (2012-13). In the corporate sector, Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), Ranchi, topped the list of the advance taxpayers in the region paying Rs 751.99 crore.
On Friday, the principal chief commissioner of income tax (Patna), R.K. Rai, said Dhoni had been maintaining the record of being the highest individual taxpayer in Patna region for the past six years. He, however, attributed the reason for a drop in his income and subsequent payment of tax to his individual performance in cricket.
“He might not have been got advertisements from the companies as he earlier used to,” said Rai, who took over the reigns of Patna region about three months ago.
He, however, refused to disclose the names of two other individuals, who were placed second and third among the highest individual payers in the two neighbouring states.
Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL) stood second among advance taxpayers shelling out Rs 396 crore for fiscal 2013-14, Rai said.
Giving comparative figures of the two corporate companies, he said CCL had paid Rs 764 crore, while BCCL had paid Rs 223.98 crore during financial year 2013. The CCL also paid a dividend distribution tax of Rs 97 crore to the department, he added.
The principal chief commissioner said the Patna region recorded the highest growth rate during the current fiscal with only two days left in the current fiscal.
While the Bhopal region recorded a growth rate of 21.7 per cent, the Bangalore region registered 22.03 per cent during this fiscal. Describing the growth rate of Patna region as “unprecedented”, Rai said: “The growth rate is significant in the sense that the Patna region doesn’t have many corporate firms as the other two regions,” he said.
The gross collection of taxes both in Bihar and Jharkhand stood at Rs 7,958.3 crore during 2013-14. The net collection after adjustment of refunds stood at Rs 7,222.6 crore till March 27, 2013. “We hope the figures would be around Rs 7,648 crore with additional collection of Rs 200 crore when the financial year comes to an end,” the principal chief commissioner said.
Replying to a query Rai said the number of income tax payers has increased in Bihar in recent times. However, the strict implementation of the by-laws for construction of high-rises in the city has its adverse impact on the collection of tax by the people involved in realty.
He said: “The substantial increase in the minimum value register (the rate at which the land or the flat is registered) is one of the factors responsible for less investments in real estate, which would have played an important role both in the payment of tax to the department and development of the state.”
The joint commissioner (headquarters), A.N. Mishra, said the department has taken a slew of measures to improve its functioning.
“The department is running Aaykar Seva Kendras at all important places in Bihar and Jharkhand. Services like computerisation, receipt of letters, grievances and I-T returns are being provided in a congenial and hassle-free environment,” he added.