India’s Net Direct Tax Collections Skyrocket by 160.52% in 10 Years

India has witnessed a staggering leap in its net direct tax collections over the span of a decade, marking a monumental growth of 160.52%. The financial years 2022-23 have seen a remarkable figure of Rs 16,63,686 crore compared to Rs 6,38,596 crore recorded in the fiscal year 2013-14.

Gross Direct Tax Collections Witness Significant Growth

The Ministry of Finance disclosed that gross direct tax collections for FY 2022-23 reached an impressive Rs 19,72,248 crore, showcasing an astounding increase of over 173.31% compared to the Rs 7,21,604 crore in FY 2013-14. This surge indicates a substantial expansion in the tax base and economic activity within the nation.

Direct Tax-to-GDP Ratio on the Rise

The direct tax-to-GDP ratio, a vital indicator of fiscal health, has shown a positive trend, climbing from 5.62% in FY 2013-14 to 6.11% in FY 2022-23. This uptrend reflects an enhanced revenue mobilization effort by the government, aligning with the broader economic growth trajectory.

Efficiency in Collection Costs

Efficiency in tax collection processes has been underscored by a reduction in the cost of collection, declining from 0.57% of total collections in FY 2013-14 to 0.51% in FY 2022-23. This signifies streamlined procedures and enhanced technological integration, resulting in cost savings for the government.

Significant Rise in ITR Filings

The statement further revealed a significant surge in the total number of Income Tax Returns (ITRs) filed, with 7.78 crore filings recorded in FY 2022-23. This marks a substantial increase of 104.91% compared to the 3.80 crore ITRs filed in FY 2013-14. The surge underscores greater compliance and participation in the tax system among Indian taxpayers.


The surge in net direct tax collections, coupled with robust growth in gross collections and increased tax-to-GDP ratio, underscores India’s strengthening fiscal landscape. Moreover, the efficiency gains in collection costs and the significant rise in ITR filings reflect a positive trajectory towards a more transparent and robust tax ecosystem.

Financial Year Net Direct Tax Collections (in crore) Gross Direct Tax Collections (in crore) Direct Tax-to-GDP Ratio Cost of Collection (% of Total) Total Number of ITRs Filed (in crore)
2013-14 6,38,596 7,21,604 5.62% 0.57% 3.80
2022-23 16,63,686 19,72,248 6.11% 0.51% 7.78

Source: Ministry of Finance


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