The weeklong income tax fair organised by the National Board of Revenue ended on Monday, setting new records in revenue collection, number of tax returns submission and service recipients at the fair.
According to the NBR data, the revenue board received a record Tk 2,130 crore in income tax from 1,94,598 taxpayers during the seventh income tax fair that began on November 1 across the country.
The collection of income tax increased by Tk 94 crore compared with that in last year when the revenue board had collected Tk 2,035 crore in income tax from 1,61,060 people at the fair.
The number of visitors also set a new record as 9.29 lakh people received services from taxmen at the fair venues against 7.57 lakh visitors in last year, according to the data.
More than 20,000 taxpayers also received services from the desk for online tax returns submission system, introduced for the first time in the country on the first day of the fair, while 5,780 taxpayers received user ID and password for filing tax returns online.
The number of new taxpayers who received fresh online taxpayer identification numbers from the fair venues across the country surged by 142.45 per cent
this year compared with that of last year. A total of 36,853 people obtained new e-TINs this year.
On Monday, the NBR received Tk 402 crore in income tax as 44,604 taxpayers submitted their
tax returns at the fair venues including the fair venue for Dhaka at the NBR’s under-construction headquarters at Agargaon in the capital.
Taxmen handled huge crowd in the last day of the fair as 1.52 lakh people visited the fair venues on the day.
This year the NBR arranged the fair at 150 spots in eight divisional cities, all district headquarters and 86 upazilas.
The NBR on Monday arranged at Agargaon in Dhaka the closing ceremony of the fair where cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, principal secretary to the Prime Minister’s Office Abul Kalam Azad, public administration ministry senior secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and finance ministry senior secretary Mahbub Ahmed spoke, among others.
Earlier on the day, parliamentary standing committee on the finance ministry chairman Abdur Razzak at a seminar at the Agargaon venue of the
fair advised the revenue board to be more tactful to prevent tax evasion
and expand the income tax net.
At the seminar arranged by the NBR, he also suggested conducting survey in Dhaka to find out tax evaders and potential taxpayers.
NBR chairman Md Nojibur Rahman presided over the seminar while members of standing committee on finance ministry Tipu Munshi, Shawkat Chowdhury and Begum Akter Jahan spoke, among others, at the event.
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