NBR has introduced 11 digital systems, all of which should be brought under one umbrella
The government has decided to turn the National Board of Revenue (NBR) “paperless” by digitizing the organization, aiming to keep it free from any kind of corruption.
Abul Kalam Azad, chief coordinator of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Affairs at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), made the announcement at the inauguration of a fair organized by the NBR, called “Showcasing NBR innovations,” at the Institution of Diploma Engineers in Dhaka on Sunday.
At the fair, 11 digital systems of NBR were showcased for government officials and taxpayers.
Speaking at the event, Azad said NBR was the first office of the government to come under a digital system, and other government offices would follow after the work at the NBR was complete.
“NBR has introduced 11 digital systems, all of which should be brought under one umbrella,” Azad said. "The systems will encourage more investments in the country."
He asked the NBR chairman to fix a time for discussions with NBR officials regarding making the organization paperless. "If NBR is digitalized, it will increase tax collection as well."
NBR Chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said at the fair: "Our office has a large number of employees, and is the largest service delivery institution in the country. If NBR can be digitalized successfully, others government offices can be made paperless as well.
“We want to spread the activities of NBR to every upazila of the country,” he added. “It will be made much easier through the digitalization of NBR.”
Jamal Uddin, general secretary of Bangladesh Economic Association, said: “Using digital systems must be made compulsory in the finance sector to make it corruption-free and people-friendly. A digital system will increase the volume of tax collection by two to three times.”
Revenue growth will increase by 3% if the NBR can reach at least 500 upazilas, Jamal further said.
Kanon Kumar Roy, NBR member (tax policy), presented different aspects of the newly innovated digital systems at the fair.
Of the 11 innovative systems, five belong to the Income Tax Division, three to Customs Division and two to Value Added Tax (VAT) Division of the NBR. The remaining one belongs to the National Savings Department.