This was driven by handsome payout by top corporates like SBI, LIC and HDFC Bank, which helped negate a 15 per cent drop by the largest corporate RIL. The overall growth in the top 100 corporate tax payers from the metropolis, which contributes to over 30 percent of income collection annually, comes even as there has been gloomy news on the economic front.
On a half-yearly basis, there has been an 11 per cent jump among the top 100 list, a senior income tax department official said here today.
Advance tax is a staggered way of paying income taxes through the year to avoid piling up of tax liability for the year-end. It is generally taken as a barometer of corporate earnings for the period.
The country's largest lender State Bank's advance tax payment was up 10.30 per cent to Rs 1,820 crore from Rs 1,650 crore it had paid a year ago, the official said, adding its competitors ICICI Bank (Rs 815 crore against Rs 650 crore) and Bank of Baroda (Rs 620 crore against Rs 600 crore) also did well during the reporting period.
The second largest private sector lender HDFC Bank, which is the most valued bank by market capitalisation, showed an impressive 37.5 per cent rise in payout, with the amount going up to Rs 1,100 crore from Rs 800 crore. For life insurance giant LIC, it jumped to Rs 1,300 crore from Rs 1,160 crore, the official said.
However, in the case of Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, which is the country's largest company by market value, September quarter tax outgo declined 15 per cent to Rs 1,530 crore from Rs 1,800 crore in the year-ago period, the official said.
Cement companies, which have otherwise been affected due to sluggish growth on the infrastructure sector, also showed a jump in tax outgoes.
While Ultratech posted a 100 percent rise in advance tax payout to Rs 200 crore, Ambuja Cement's Rs 160 crore was an over 68 percent increase as compared to the same period of last year, the official said.
It may be noted that the construction sector continued to grow in the second quarter due to the delayed monsoons, which helped the cement sector.
The Tata Group company TCS, which is the country's largest software exporter, witnessed a 35 percent increase at Rs 812 crore, while Tata Power's payout rose a tad to Rs 75 crore against Rs 70 crore, and Tata Chemicals paid Rs 60 crore this quarter against Rs 53 crore a year ago.
Among other conglomerates, the tax outgo of diversified Aditya Birla Nuvo declined to Rs 30 crore from Rs 32 crore last year, the official said.
In the consumer durables space, Hindustan Unilever's outgo jumped massively to Rs 300 crore from Rs 190 crore, while that of Colgate rose to Rs 50 crore from Rs 37 crore, the official said.
In the auto sector, despite the bad patch on which they were riding in the quarter, due to weak economic conditions driven by the elevated interest rates, Mahindra & Mahindra's tax outgo rose to Rs 200 crore from Rs 180 crore while Bajaj Auto's payout jumped to Rs 300 crore from Rs 250 crore, the official said.
Pharma company Glenmark paid Rs 15 crore, less than Rs 18 crore it had paid in the year ago period, the official said.
Among the oil refiners, HPCL's (Hindustan Petroleum Corporation) tax outgo rose to Rs 49 crore from Rs 28 crore, the official added.