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Call for 70 per cent tax increase

| May 28, 2013

Forty MPs have urged the government of Bangladesh to increase by 70 per cent the taxes on bidis, cigarettes and jarda (smokeless tobacco), according to a story in The Financial Express.

The MPs, who wanted to see the increase included in the 2013-14 Budget, were trying to thwart the efforts of about 170 MPs who were said to be seeking to protect the bidi industry.

A senior National Board of Revenue official was quoted as saying that the government had not increased taxes on bidis for three years because of the lobbying by the lawmakers.

Category: Breaking News

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