The total outstanding tax demand payable to exchequer has risen by nearly 45% to Rs 10.7 lakh crore in the April-December period of the current fiscal from the FY16 level, minister of state for finance Shiv Pratap Shukla said in a written reply in Parliament on Tuesday. The outstanding demand includes both direct and indirect taxes. The reply, however, cited a confidentiality clause in I-T Act to a deny information on outstanding liability of specific taxpayers in the corporate sector. \u201cGeneral disclosure of tax information of specific taxpayers is prohibited under section 138 of the I-T Act,\u201d the minister said. Also Read:\u00a0Suspicious income tax refund claims under the scanner as numbers rise over last 3 years According to the data tabled in the Rajya Sabha, outstanding indirect tax payable rose by over 37% between FY16 and FY19 (up to December) but the recoverable direct tax payable went up by over 47% during the same period. \u201cGuidelines for tax recovery officers for recovery and guidelines to assessing authorities for dealing with stay petitions have been issued. A new reward scheme for information leading to recovery of arrears has also been notified. The names of confirmed defaulters are placed in public domain,\u201d the minister said.