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The government is considering providing extra social security benefits to people with low income when the specifics of hiking the consumption tax rate through the mid-2010s are hammered out, sources familiar with the matter said Monday.

For now, the government is expected to shelve other options that would ease the tax hike’s impact on low-income groups, including the idea of setting lower consumption tax rates for food and other daily necessities, and providing tax refunds or other special benefits to such people, they said.

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