Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today reached out to tax evading entrepreneurs by requesting them to utilize their  funds and invest in the country.

“For the benefit of the country, I request from all entrepreneurs to utilize the funds hidden locally or internationally in order to evade laws relating to taxes and foreign exchange,” Rajapaksa said during the presentation of the Budget this afternoon.

He said the Government expects to  make legal provisions to provide a tax pardon to entrepreneurs thus utilizing funds for any investment facilitated by this budget under the payment of taxes amounting to 1 percent.