The taxes authorities have taken up the fresh move to encourage more people to pay tax which will help widen the overall tax net and ensure increased revenue collection
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is going to award a total of 300 taxpayers under three new categories for payment of higher amount of tax to the government exchequer.
One hundred taxpayers under each category – young, female, and a combined category (irrespective of gender) – will be recognised for their contribution on the basis of their income tax statement and tax payment figure as paid in the fiscal year 2015-16.
The taxes authorities have taken up the fresh move to encourage more people to pay tax which will help widen the overall tax net and ensure increased revenue collection, said officials concerned.
The NBR had to take up the fresh move as it found that the contribution of young and female taxpayers is on the rise but still they are being deprived of getting any recognition from the state.
As of now, country’s revenue authorities were mostly awarding heavy weight taxpayers, mostly businesses, considering the volume of payments.
In addition, professionals like doctors, lawyers, teachers, chartered accountants, engineers are also contributing to the government exchequer though they have apparently failed to secure their positions in the list of prestigious tax card winners as given by National Board of Revenue (NBR).
But the new move for recognising their contribution would encourage more people to pay tax.
“As part of encouraging people to pay tax, we have taken up the move to publish list of 100 highest taxpayers and it will continue in coming years,” NBR chairman Md Nojibur Rahman told reporters at a meet the press programme yesterday held at the fair venue, the under construction building of NBR at Agargaon.
The highest taxpayers will be recognised very soon at a grand function to be organised in the city by NBR, he added.
Meanwhile, the government also amended its National Tax Card Policy to award 125 people and organisations, from existing 20 people and companies, with prestigious tax card for their contribution in government exchequer.
Income tax fair to work as tax education forum
The National Income Tax Fair that is opening on Monday would work as a forum for learning tax knowledge management for taxpayers and interested people, Nojibur Rahman said at the press meet.
He said: “Young people and taxpayers will visit the tax fair. On the other hand, we will have tax officials from different tax related forum at the fair, so that people can discuss and share their views on tax related issues.”
Details of the tax fair
The Income Tax Fair-2016 is all set to kick off today across the country to encourage more people to pay their income taxes regularly.
The fair will be simultaneously held at 150 venues including seven days at the divisional headquarters, four days at the district headquarters, two days in 29 upazilas and one day mobile income tax fair at 57 upazilas.
The fair will provide one-stop services including registration of electronic taxpayer’s identification number (eTIN), submission of income tax returns and online payment facilities.
Taxpayers will be able to submit their income tax returns online from the fair. The initiative is being introduced experimentally as part of NBR’s digitisation of activities.
In the Dhaka fair venue at Agargaon, there will be stalls from BCS Tax Academy; Bangladesh Customs, Excise & VAT Academy; Taxes Appellate Tribunal, Customs, Excise &VAT Appellate Tribunal; Internal Resources Division; and Department of National Savings at the fair so that people can get necessary queries and get their answers in a friendly atmosphere, NBR chairman said.
Eight mini buses will be operated from Mirpur, Uttara, Dhaka University Premises, and from in front of Officers Club premises to the fair venue in Agargaon as shuttle services. People willing to visit the fair can use those buses as free of cost.
There will be a total of 109 booths of different services at the fair, including separate booths for female taxpayers.
Separate booths for women, disabled people and senior citizens would be placed in the fair. The fair will remain open for the visitors from 10am to 5pm.
The board had earned income tax worth Tk2035.32 crore from the tax fair last year while around 758,000 visitors received services.