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Pay high income tax? Govt may call you to have tea with the PM or FM

The idea is to encourage taxpayers to willingly pay more

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The plan to honour top taxpayers comes amid the government's need to meet the fiscal deficit target. Photo: Shutterstock

In a rather unconventional plan, the Ministry of Finance has decided to reward India's top income tax payers by inviting them to tea with the prime minister or the finance minister. The idea is to encourage taxpayers to willingly pay more, according to a report published in Livemint. The scheme is likely to figure in Modi's government's first Budget session, after being re-elected in the recently conducted Lok Sabha elections. Along with the privilege of having tea, the taxpayers will also get other non-monetary incentives. Government data shows that 1,053 ...