India collected Rs 1.49 lakh crore as Goods and Services  Tax (GST) in July, posting an increase of 28 percent from the same month last year, the finance ministry said on August 1.

Compared to the money collected in June, the July GST mop-up was 3 percent higher.

“For five months in a row now, the monthly GST revenues have been more than Rs 1.4 lakh core, showing a steady increase every month,” the finance ministry said in a statement.

Of the total GST collections, Central GST was Rs 25,751 crore, while State GST was Rs 32,807 crore. Integrated GST was Rs 79,518 crore and cess was Rs 10,920 crore.

The government settled Rs 32,365 crore to Central GST and Rs 26,774 crore to State GST from Integrated GST. As such, post settlement, the total revenue of the Centre and the States in July was Rs 58,116 crore and Rs 59,581 crore, respectively.

At Rs 1.49 lakh crore, the July GST mop-up is the new second-highest amount collected in a month, pipping the June number by 3 percent.

The highest-ever GST collected in a month is Rs 1.68 lakh crore and was achieved earlier this year in April.

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