Income tax fairs held across the country on Friday, a weekly holiday, witnessed huge crowds at different venues as the hassle-free arrangements for paying tax and getting other tax-related services at the weeklong fairs continued to attract taxpayers.
On Friday, the third day of the fair, the National Board of Revenue received Tk 233.40 crore in income tax from taxpayers and provided tax-related services to 1,64,252 people. In the three days, the revenue board collected Tk 984.70 crore and provided services to 3,96,000 people.
On Friday, income tax fairs were organised at 60 spots including 55 districts and five upazilas.
Asma Begum, a teacher, said that she enjoyed submitting the tax returns amid festive environment of the fair.
She also said, ‘I submitted the tax returns at the fair for the second year as it seemed easy and time-saving.’
Rabiul Alam, a businessman, said that he went to the fair mainly due to hassle-free arrangements for submitting the returns.
One major attraction of this year’s fair is providing smart tax cards to the taxpayers.
Taxpayers from Dhaka are getting smart cards that contain photo of the taxpayer, electronic taxpayer identification number (e-TIN), machine-readable QR (quick response) code, income tax year and some other necessary information after submitting tax returns.
Nasrat Kamal, a government official, told New Age on Friday that he went to the fair with his family members to submit tax returns while enjoying the festivity at the fair venue.
The National Board of Revenue also got huge responses from taxpayers in terms of income tax collection and receiving tax returns.
Taxpayers from different socioeconomic and age groups were found standing in queues in front of booths for filing tax returns, obtaining e-TINs and ID cards at the central fair venue in Dhaka.
There are 38 booths for tax return submission, 22 help desks, and 10 for ID cards, seven for e-TIN, three for online returns filing and nine for tax payment.
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.
On the third day of last year’s fair, 24,864 taxpayers had paid Tk 227.08 crore in income tax with tax returns and another 1.43 lakh received services.
In last year, the NBR received Tk 952.20 crore in income tax from 61,607 taxpayers in the first three days of the fair while 325,893 lakh people visited the fair venues.
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 at home or office from anywhere in the world.
Officials of the NBR said that they were expecting huge presence of taxpayers on Saturday also, a non-business day like Friday.
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 10am to 5pm.
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