The field-level income tax offices under the National Board of Revenue (NBR) have been launching a door-to-door survey to bring eligible people under tax net by registering them with Electronic Taxpayers Identification Number (eTIN).
The survey titled “Income Tax Survey 2015” started across the country early this month as part of the tax authorities plan to bring at least 3,20,000 taxpayers under the taxation by the end of this fiscal year.
The survey began in all 29 tax zonal offices under the supervision of tax commissioners while the NBR member (Survey) is supervising the survey activities.
According to the plan, the field offices will have to find out at least 20,000 new and potential taxpayers from each zone, officials said.
The government has a target to raise the number of active taxpayers to 30 lakh in next four years as the present government completes its office.
Currently, there are around 17 lakh TIN holders in the country. Among them, nearly 12 lakh submit their income tax returns.
The NBR is assigned to meet a gigantic tax collection target of Tk1,76,370 crore in this fiscal year. From the amount, the major part - Tk65,932 crore - is expected to receive from income tax source.
As per the special drive plan, the NBR team will visit houses, shops and other commercial establishments in the city’s posh areas to find out the potential taxpayers. The officials will take support from service agencies to scrutinise information related to income, wealth and property of the potentially eligible taxpayers.
NBR officials said the survey teams are collecting information related to national identity card, trade licence and other business documents from people having income from house or business properties and from service or other professions.
The teams are also requesting people to register themselves with eTIN with their national identity card voluntarily if they have the income over Tk2.50lakh annually.
According to the plan, separate teams under field offices will have to conduct the survey at least three times a week. The teams have to prepare lists of new taxpayers under their respective areas and send them to respective zones each month.
The local government, public works department and inland resources division will help the NBR teams prepare the lists.
Earlier in 2012, the tax authority had conducted a survey and identified 1.63 lakh people who were eligible, but were avoiding taxes.
Tax officials said the board was able to identify and bring 2.70 lakh new taxpayers under the net through combined and separate survey activities. Initiatives are also underway to bring potential taxpayers through spot assessment, they added.
According to the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014, prepared by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) of the United Nations, less than 1% of the population pay taxes in Bangladesh.