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Improving the tax net: FM Nirmala Sitharaman talks tough on evasion

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday asked taxmen to firmly deal with those who try to evade taxes and game the system but act as facilitators to those who want to pay taxes honestly. While she stressed that taxpayers should treat tax payment as contribution towards nation building and not as punishment, the minister asked three investigating wings of the revenue department to share information among themselves to nab evaders. In the last 5 years, the direct tax collection has nearly doubled.

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