He expounded that magnifying revenues would reduce the budget deficit, public debt and inflation rates.

Elaborating, he pointed out that people and corporations who dodge paying their taxes deprive the government of the resources it needs to provide vital public services and infrastructure and to tackle poverty and improve the quality of life for citizens.

In statements on Thursday, he said efforts are under way to hone skills of officials in charge of combating tax evasion to work in line with international standards.

He pointed out that tax evasion campaigns, that were conducted from July 1, 2018 till end of November 2021, covered more than 14,000 facilities.

Campaigns showed that more than 8,000 facilities are not paying their taxes, Maait said, adding that dues were collected from them on the spot totaled 530 million pounds.