ISLAMABAD: The finance ministry informed the Senate on Friday that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) collected Rs4,745 billion in tax for the fiscal year 2020-21. The finance ministry stated in a written report to the Senate that tax collection increased in 2020-21 compared to the first two years of the incumbent government. The report said the government collected tax of Rs3,828 billion in the fiscal year 2018-19 and Rs3,997 billion in 2019-20. The collection increased rapidly increased in 2020-21 in which the FBR bagged tax of Rs4,745 billion. Furthermore, Pakistan’s imports were $11.28 billion from July to September in the 2020-21 fiscal year, while the exports were recorded at $5.47 billion during the same corresponding period. The trade deficit was recorded at $5.81 billion from July to September 2020-21, the written reply of the finance ministry stated. In 2021-22, the country’s import bill was $18.74 billion during the period of July to September, while the exports were $6.99 billion. According to figures issued by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday, the central bank’s foreign exchange holdings declined $169 million in the week ended December 31. The SBP’s foreign currency reserves were recorded at $17,680 million, down $169 million from the previous day’s figure of 17,855.3 million, according to the central bank.