Did PM Khan pay more taxes than US President Donald Trump?

PM Khan, during his first year in office, paid Rs.282,499 in taxes.

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According to the Pakistan Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) report revealing the tax details of government officials, Prime Minister Imran Khan paid more taxes than US President Donald Trump during his first year in office.

PM Khan paid only Rs.0.2 million in taxes, which was still more than the US President and real-estate tycoon Donald Trump.

The directory, which has been published on the official website of FBR, contains tax details of elected representatives belonging to six assemblies.

These assemblies include; National Assembly of Pakistan, Balochistan Assembly, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, Sindh Assembly, Senate of Pakistan, and Punjab Assembly.

Former PM and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was the highest taxpayer, as he paid Rs.241,329,362 in taxes.

Abbasi’s paid taxes were twice as much as the entire cabinet of the ruling PTI. Industries and Production Minister Hammad Azhar and Petroleum Divison Minister Omar Ayub were the top two tax-payers in the cabinet. They contributed Rs.59.4 million and Rs.26 million respectively.

PM Khan, during his first year in office, paid Rs.282,499 in taxes. On the other hand, US President Trump paid just $750 (Rs.124,290 as of 2020) in federal income tax during his initial year as president.

In 2016, when evidence of President Trump’s tax evasion surfaced, he called himself ‘smart’ instead and called the findings ‘fake news’. The sources said that out of 18 years the journalists examined, US President hadn’t paid a single penny in income tax in 11 of them.

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