New Delhi: Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday thanked the taxpayers for helping the poorest of the poor lead lives of dignity. Adding that as many as 1 crore people filed income tax returns post-demonetisation, Goyal said,”Your tax helps us build toilets and provide cooking gas connections.”

“Your tax helps provide electricity for the poor who have lived in darkness for generations,” he said. It will provide healthcare to 50 crore people. “It is you who is ensuring dignity and a secure future to our retired jawans through One Rank One Pension,” he said.

Tax collection rose to Rs 12 lakh crores and there was an increase of 80% in the number of taxpayers.

He said that while 99.54% income tax returns were filed online, their scrutiny would be completely digitalised in another two years. So returns would be processed within 24 hours.