Tax fair nets Tk 751cr in 2 days

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Nov 03,2017 | Updated: 00:39, Nov 03,2017

 
 

Taxpayers fill in the tax return forms on the first day of the week-long income tax fair at the National Board of Revenue’s under-construction building at Agargaon in Dhaka on Wednesday. The NBR will honour 84 families across the country recognising them as ‘Kar Bahadur’ families for paying income tax for a long time by all the members of those families. — New Age photo

Taxpayers continued to throng the income tax fair venues across the country on Thursday, the second day of the week-long fair, to pay their taxes and receive other tax-related services.
The National Board of Revenue also got overwhelming responses from taxpayers in terms of income tax collection and receiving tax returns.
In the two days of the fair, the NBR received Tk 751 crore in income tax as 70,392 taxpayers paid the tax with filing tax returns at the fair venues including the central one set up at the under-construction NBR building at Agargoan in Dhaka.
A record 2.32 lakh people also visited the fair venues at eight divisional cities in Dhaka, Chittagong, Barisal, Khulna, Rangpur, Sylhet, Rajshahi and Mymensingh, 50 districts and seven upazilas across the country.
Some 10,000 taxpayers obtained income tax ID card in the two days.
On the second day alone, the NBR got Tk 543 crore in income tax from 39,351 taxpayers while 1.53 lakh people received services.
On the second day of last year’s fair, 20,657 taxpayers paid Tk 534 crore in income tax with tax returns and another 1.23 lakh received services.
In last year, the NBR received Tk 725 crore in income tax from 36,743 taxpayers in the first two days of the fair while 1.82 lakh visited the fair venues.
Taxpayers from different socioeconomic and age groups were found standing in queues in front of booths installed particularly for income tax returns submission and distribution of income tax ID card at the central fair venue in Dhaka.
Potential taxpayers were also registering themselves with the NBR’s online database as new taxpayers along with receiving electronic taxpayers’ identification number (e-TIN), getting user ID and password for filing tax returns online, paying tax at booths of Sonali Bank and Janata Bank.
Using the user ID and password, taxpayers will be able to submit tax returns
sitting home or office from anywhere in the world.
On Thursday, agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury and state minister for information and communication technology Zunaid Ahmed Palak visited the fair venue in Dhaka, among others.
Palak also received income tax ID card from NBR chairman Md Nojibur Rahman.
Officials of the NBR said that they were expecting huge presence of taxpayers on Friday and Saturday, the weekly government holidays.
The revenue board is operating 13 shuttle bus services from TSC at Dhaka University, Baily Road, Mirpur-2 and Uttara to the Agargaon fair venue for smooth and free of cost movement of taxpayers.
The fair venues will remain open from 10:00am to 5:00pm. 

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