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Minister for Finance Asad Umer on Tuesday said the present government had issued directions to a federal board of revenue (FBR) to facilitate people in order to expand the tax network.

The present government of PTI had reduced the burden over the common man, while the previous government of PML-N had increased taxes on those items which were necessary for common man, he said talking to a private news channel.

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The PTI government had imposed heavy taxes on luxury cars and expensive mobile phones, while taxes had been reduced for those using fewer gas units. The government had also brought down the taxes on petroleum products, he added.

Notices had been issued to 169 non-tax filers, he said, adding more notices would be issued to those not filing the tax returns. The circle against tax evaders would be extended.

About privatization of PIA and PSM, he said the entities would not be privatized. Electricity system would be improved in days to come, he added.

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