- Arun Jailtey had last week cited jump in new taxpayers since notes ban
- Finance Ministry later said the figure was for financial year 2016-17
- Till April 2016, total number of taxpayers in the country was 5 crore
The Chairman of the CBDT (the Central Board of Direct Taxes) Sushil Chandra, was present at the media conference addressed by Mr Jaitley on the launch of Operation Clean Money. Yesterday, Meenakshi Goswami, Income Tax Commissioner and the official spokesperson of the CBDT, told NDTV that 91 lakh was the total number of new taxpayers enrolled in the financial year 2016-2017. Till April 2016, the total number of taxpayers in the country was 5 crore.
For the financial year 2014-15, finance ministry data shows an addition of 76 lakh new taxpayers. Two years down the line, the figure of 91 lakh, a 15-lakh increase, is also indicative of a steadily growing tax base. There is no publicly available data for financial year 2015-16.
But in 2013-14, searches and surveys led to the detection of Rs 1,01,181 crore -- nearly 4 times as much. Even considering Rs 24,044 crore is the figure for the last 6 months and not a full financial year, it is still considerably less.