Below is the data for East India Company’s Incomes from India in a five year average(in contemporary currency, not today’s) sourced from BR Ambedkar’s Administration and Finance of the East India Company. The numbers may not tell much but should be gauged from the fact that East India Company got control of Bengal in 1757 and Bengal faced one of the worst famines in 1769 killing one third of it’s population and almost half of the farm lands were reverted back to jungles.

Periods Income Land Tax(%) Opium(%) Salt Tax(%) Customs(%) Miscellaneous(%)
1792-93 to 1796-97 £8,083,000 50.33 3.27 14.93 2.38 28.64
1797-98 to 1801-02 £9,819,000 42.02 3.18 12.1 3.1 38.79
1802-03 to 1806-07 £14,323,000 31.99 4.04 11.09 4.16 47.87
1807-08 to 1811-12 £16,029,000 31.68 4.79 11.14 5.04 46.49
1812-13  to1816-17 £17,233,000 52.33 5.56 10 .92 6.68 23.16
1817-18  to 1821-22 £20,044,000 66.17 5.44 11.25 8.32 6.94
1822-23 to1826-27 £21,942,000 61.83 7.47 11.87 7.58 9.05
1827-28 to 1831-32 £21,530,000 60.9 8.12 12.03 8.12 8.31
1832-33 to 1836-37 £20,951,000 57 8 9.72 7.19 14.6
1837-38 to 1841-42 £20,965,000 59.05 7.38 12.37 6.76 6.84
1842-43  to 1846-47 £24,050,000 55.85 12.33 11.65 6.02 6.8
1847-48 to 1851-52 £26,663,000 56.06 14.5 9.14 5.4 7.4
1852-53 to 1855-56 £29,211,000 55.4 16.91 9.17 5.52 5.39
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