As part of tax base expansion plan and to reach the FY2015-16 revenue collection target, the National Board of Revenue will focus on some upazilas that are economically prospective and could largely contribute to the government exchequer, officials said.
Awareness campaigns will be launched in the areas to motivate the locals having capacity to pay income tax.
During recent tax fairs across the country, the NBR had identfied some specific places that have potentials of making significant contribution to the revenue collection.
Seminars will be held in the areas, to be attended by ministers, lawmakers, municipality mayors and upazila chairmen to encourage people.
The revenue board organised the tax fairs in 86 upazial heardquarters. The outcome was satisfactory, according to officials.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith earlier also asked the NBR to find new people capable of paying tax in rural areas, particularly in upazila sadar.
People with more than Tk2.50 lakh annual income is required to pay income tax.
“We are exploring areas on the basis of their prospects. We have already identified some specific places that have prospects, so we will go again to those places as part of our taxbase expansion efforts,” NBR Chairman Nojibur Rahman told Dhaka Tribune.
He said they found that in some of the upazilas there were many big enterprises and businesses, which could help the government increase revenue collection.
“We will organise awareness-raising seminars in the areas to motivate people. Lawmakers, ministers, municipality mayors and upazila chairmen will be invited,” Nojibur Rahman said adding the process will begin this month.
Primarily, NBR has decided to explore potentiality of Keraniganj in Dhaka and Baroiyar Hat in Mirershorai of Chittagong as these are identfied as two prospective areas for tax collection. NBR would also visit Keraniganj in the outskirts of Dhaka as it is seen as a growing apparel industry hub of the country. There are also many other enterprises and factories contributing to the economy, officials said.
NBR would also visit Baroiyar Hat in Chittagong after Housing and Public Works Minister Engr. Mosharraf Hossain had requested the NBR to make a visit to the area which is his constituent.
“If we can explore our opportunities in the upazilas and growth centres, along with the districts, people will be encouraged more and it will bring good results for revenue mobilisation,” said Nojibur.
He said the board will identify the unregistered Value Added Tax entities there and will bring them under the tax net with the help of apex trade body FBCCI.
The government has a target to raise the number of active taxpayers to 3m in next four years when it will complete its cuurent term in office. It also wants to establish tax offices in all upazillas by 2018. Currently, NBR has tax offices in only 85 upazilas.