Online income tax return filing system to be launched
A weeklong income tax fair being organised by the National Board of Revenue begins across the country today with the introduction of online income tax returns filing system.
Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith will inaugurate the seventh income tax fair at the NBR’s new building at Agargaon in Dhaka.
Muhith will also launch the online tax return filing system for taxpayers at the programme.
The revenue board has been arranging such fair since 2010 to provide one-stop services related to income tax with the aim of creating awareness among people about tax payment and encouraging them to pay tax.
Taxpayers will avail all types of income tax-related information and services including obtaining online taxpayers identification number, filing income tax returns for the fiscal year of 2016-2017, income tax
payment and receiving tax certificates at the fair.
Taxmen at help desks will help the taxpayers in preparing tax returns and provide other services.
NBR chairman Md Nojibur Rahman on Monday said that like previous years the weeklong fair would begin simultaneously at eight divisional cities in Dhaka, Chittagong, Barisal, Khulna, Rangpur, Sylhet, Rajshahi and Mymensingh on Tuesday (today).
Four-day fair at district level, two-day fair at 29 upazilas and one-day mobile income tax fair at 57 upazilas will be held any days between November 1 and November 7, he said at a press briefing arranged at the NBR’s new building which will be used as the Dhaka divisional fair venue.
The fair venues will remain open every day from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
The NBR will run free shuttle bus services in the capital from four spots —University of Dhaka, Officers’ Club Dhaka, Mirpur and Uttara — for taxpayers to visit the fair venue in Dhaka.
The NBR has also prepared lists of 300 taxpayers, 100 each in three categories — female, youth aged below 40 years and combined, who paid income tax at the highest amount at the national level in the fiscal year of 2015-2016 for disseminating at the fair venues in recognition of their contribution.
NBR member Abdur Razzak said that at the Dhaka venue, there would be 109 booths, help desks and information centres for taxpayers and separate booths for freedom fighters, senior citizens, female and people with disability.
Taxpayers will be able to pay income tax at the booths of Sonali Bank and Janata Bank at the fair venues and will be able to make e-payment from dedicated booths using the NBR online tax payment web site www.nbrepayment.org.
There will be a kids’ zone for amusement of children visiting fair venue with their parents.
In addition to the income tax wing, some other offices including customs, value-added tax, tax tribunals and National Savings Directorate will set up their booths at the fair venue to provide taxpayers with necessary information.
The NBR will arrange quiz competition every day for students who will visit the fair venue in Dhaka. In 2010, the NBR had arranged income tax fair only in Dhaka and Chittagong. The fair was later extended to the upazila level.
The revenue board has been getting huge response in terms of filing returns, paying tax and making visits by taxpayers at the fair every year.
Last year, the NBR collected a record Tk 2,035 crore in income tax from 1,61,060 taxpayers during the weeklong fair.
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