The National Board of Revenue got overwhelming response from the taxpayers on Tuesday, the opening day of the weeklong income tax fair across the country, receiving Tk 191.42 crore in income tax, up by 25 per cent or Tk 38.22 crore collected on the first day of the fair last year.
A total of 16,086 taxpayers submitted income tax returns throughout the country on the day while 59,292 people received services related to income tax payment from taxmen at the fair venues.
On the first day of the last year’s fair, the NBR had got Tk 153.20 crore in income tax from 14,998 taxpayers and provided services to 57,047 people, according to the NBR data.
The seven-day fair began on the day at eight divisional cities in Dhaka, Chittagong, Barisal, Khulna, Rangpur, Sylhet, Rajshahi and Mymensingh, four-day fair at 21 district headquarters and two-day fairs at some Upazilas.
There will be a four-day fair at all district, two-day fair at 29 Upazilas and one-day mobile income tax fair at 57 Upazilas will be held any days between Tuesday and November 7.
NBR data showed that 4,875 new taxpayers obtained electronic taxpayers identification numbers from the fair venue including under-construction NBR headquarters at Agargaon in Dhaka.
On the opening day of the fair in last year, 2,705 people obtained fresh e-TINs, the data showed.
The fair venues will remain open every day from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
At the fair venues, taxpayers also showed great enthusiasm over filing income tax returns online, which was inaugurated on the day, as they thronged at the e-filing booth at the fair venues.
Taxmen distributed online account registration application form among people and suggested them to visit the respective circle offices for obtaining user ID and password for getting access to the e-filing system to submit tax returns online.
Taxpayers will be able to prepare and submit tax returns from anywhere without visiting the tax offices online after receiving the user ID and password.
People from various groups of society visited the fair venues on the first day and received services including obtaining online taxpayers’ identification numbers, preparing tax returns and filing and making payment of tax.
A significant number of students also visited the fair venue in Dhaka and became familiar with taxation asking questions to the taxmen.
NBR set up 109 booths, help desks and information centres for taxpayers, desks of Sonali and Janata Banks for tax payment and separate booths for freedom fighters, senior citizens, female and people with disability at the Dhaka venue.
Since 2010, the revenue board has been arranging such fairs 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.
In 2015, the NBR collected a record Tk 2,035 crore in income tax from 1,61,060 taxpayers and provided services to 7.57 lakh people during weeklong fair across the country.
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