The government’s overall tax revenue in January increased from a year earlier. 

According to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance on Tuesday, the government collected 36-point-six trillion won worth of national tax revenue in January, up by two-point-seven trillion won from a year earlier. 

That's equivalent to 13-point-six percent of the government's target tax revenue for 2018, zero-point-one percentage points higher than the same month last year. 

The increase in the collection of value-added and income taxes is cited as the reason for the rise in the January tax revenues.

VAT revenues got a boost from increased consumption in the second half of last year compared with the latter half of 2016.