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Govt reviews windfall gains tax, cuts cess on crude – Moneycontrol

The cess on crude oil was reduced from Rs 17,750 per tonne to Rs 13,000/tonne

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In its third fortnightly review of windfall gains tax, the Government of India on August 18 cut the cess on crude oil and reduced it to Rs 13,000/tonne from Rs 17,750 per tonne.

According to a circular issued by the Centre, the export duty on aviation turbine fuel (ATF) was hiked to Rs 2 per litre from nil while the export duty on diesel was hiked by two rupees to Rs 7 per litre from Rs 5 per litre.

The changes will come into force on August 19, 2022.

In the previous review meets, the export duties on petrol and aviation turbine fuel (ATF) were removed by the government.

The Centre had a month ago eliminated a levy on gasoline exports and cut windfall taxes on other fuels less than three weeks after they were imposed; the windfall tax on diesel and aviation fuel shipments was reduced by Rs 2 per litre.

On July 1, the Union Ministry of Finance had slapped an export tax on petrol and diesel after some refineries made “phenomenal profits” shipping overseas at the cost of domestic supplies, and imposed a Rs 66,000 crore windfall tax on crude oil produced locally.

With this, India had joined a select league of nations globally that have taxed windfall gains accruing to oil companies from soaring energy prices.

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