60% rise in ‘crorepati’ taxpayers in last 4 years: CBDT

New Delhi: In its release of key statistics of Income tax on Monday, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Monday said that number of taxpayers earning above Rs 1 crore per annum has risen to over 1.40 lakh in the country in the last four years. The report by policy-making body depicted a growth of about 60% of taxpayers, who have touched the crore mark.

The numbers – which include data of income tax and direct taxes for a period of about four years – states that the number of individual taxpayers earning over Rs 1 crore annually had seen a growth of about 68%.

88,649 taxpayers become ‘crorepatis’

  • “The total number of taxpayers (corporates, firms, Hindu undivided families among others) showing income of above Rs 1 crore has registered a sharp increase.”
  • “While 88,649 taxpayers had disclosed income above Rs 1 crore in assessment year 2014-15, the figure was 1,40,139 for AY 2017-18, which is a growth of about 60%,” the CBDT said.
  • Similarly, it said, the number of individual taxpayers disclosing income above Rs 1 crore had increased during the same period from 48,416 to 81,344, which translated into a growth of 68%.
  • CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra said these numbers were a result of putting in a number of legislative, informative and enforcement efforts by the tax department over the last four years.
  • The data also added that a growth of more than 80% was registered in the number of returns filed in the last four financial years – from 3.79 crore in 2013-14 to 6.85 crore in 2017-18.

(With inputs from PTI)