Award winning taxpayers want transparency in govt spending

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Nov 09,2017

 
 

Singer Runa Laila receives the highest taxpayer award from state minister for finance and planning MA Mannan, parliamentary standing committee on finance ministry chairman Md Abdur Razzak, and National Board of Revenue chairman Md Nojibur Rahman at a ceremony held at NBR’s under-construction headquarters at Agargaon in Dhaka on Wednesday. — New Age photo

Taxpayers who won tax cards for payment of the highest amount of income tax on Wednesday demanded more transparency and accountability in expenditures of tax money by the government for better development of the country.
After receiving tax cards, crests and certificates at the income tax card awarding ceremony, they also urged the tax authority to simplify tax payment procedures and reduce hassle at tax offices.
National Board of Revenue organised the function at its under-construction headquarters at Agargaon in Dhaka to award the highest taxpayers, both individual and corporate, at the national level and the title Kar Bahadur (tax heroes) Family in recognition of their contributions to national development through tax payment.
At the function, the revenue board honoured 141 highest taxpayers in three categories—individual, corporate and other—based on source of income, business, profession, age and some other criteria for payment of income tax at highest amount at the national level in the fiscal year 2016-2017.
NBR also awarded 84 families, 16 from Dhaka, eight from Chittagong and one from each district, as Kar Bahadur Family.
The NBR introduced the title for the first time in the country to recognise the families for payment of income tax by all adult members of a family.
In addition, the tax authority has also awarded 517 taxpayers across the country, three highest taxpayers, two long-time taxpayers, one female taxpayer and one young taxpayer from each City Corporation and district.
Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, state minister for finance and planning MA Mannan, parliamentary standing committee on finance chairman Md Abdur Razzak, the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry president Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin and NBR chairman Md Nojibur Rahman handed over tax cards, crests and certificates to the awardees.
After receiving Kar Bahadur Family award, Transcom Group chairman Latifur Rahman told reporters that the government decided the way the tax money would be spent and it was decided through national budget.
But expectations and needs of taxpayers should be addressed more sensitively, he said.
Latifur Rahman and his family have been awarded the title of Kar Bahadur Familiy while his business houses won the highest

taxpayers award in print and electronic media category.
BSRM chairman Alihussain Akberali said that such honour would encourage people to pay tax.
Appreciating Kar Bahadur Family award, he said that the tax authority should continue the recognition.
SD Rubel, winning the second highest taxpayer award in singer category, said that people paid tax from a sense of patriotism and with expectation of economic and social development of the country.
‘So, taxpayers’ money should be spent for the development of the country with the highest transparency and accountability,’ he said.
Bangladesh Exporters Associaiton president Abdus Salam Murshedy, who won Kar Bahadur Family title, said that the tax authority should simplify tax payment procedures to motivate others for payment of income tax properly.
A cordial environment should be ensured at tax offices so that taxpayers, both individual and corporate, should consider tax payment as a matter of joy, he said.
The winners of the awards are entitled to enjoy a number of privileges for one year including priority while reserving seats in public transports, public hospitals, access to VIP lounges at the airports and invitation to state functions.

The Kar Bahadur families are:
Dhaka:
Families of Khwaja Tajmahal, ABM Shafiul Alam, Latifur Rahman, Hosne Ara Hossain, Syed Hasan Imam, Mizanur Rahman Sinha, Kutubuddin Ahmed, Abdus Salam Murshedy, Abdul Kadir Mollah, Md Kaus Mia, Syed Abul Hossain, Abdul Haque, Syed Nurul Islam, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, AKM Rahmatullah and Abdul Matlub Ahmad.

Chittagong:
Families of Alihussain Akberali, Abul Hashem, AKM Shamsuddin Khan, Farid Ahmed, Zohair Taher Ali, Nurul Islam B.Sc, M Jalal Uddin Chowdhury and Nur Nahar Zaman.

Other districts:
Family of Jasim Uddin Masum from Narayanganj, Md Mojibur Rahman Munshiganj, Syed Sohel Imam Manikganj, Abdul Bari Gazipur, Jugol Pada Saha Tangail, Manju Mia Narsingdi, Md Abdur Rashid Mymensingh, Bhashkar Kumar Dutta Kishoreganj, Jaynal Abedin Sherpur, Pijush Kanti Bhoumik Netrokona, Mirza Azam Jamalpur, Rabindranath Saha Faridpur, Zillul Hakim Rajbari, Kazi Shawkat Ali Gopalganj, Shahjahan Khan Madaripur, Md Moniruzzaman Shariatpur, Mohammad Mostafa Cox’s Bazar, Mahbubur Rahman Bandarban, Foyez Hasan Ferdous Sylhet, Motlib Khan Moulvibazar, Sukhlal Sutradhar Habiganj, Azizur Rahman Sunamganj, Afzal Khan Comilla, Abul Khair Noakhali, Md Abu Sayed Laxmipur, Md Helal Uddin Brahmanbaria, Abdul Mannan Khan Chandpur, Nur Jahan Begum Feni, Abdul Gaffar Rajshahi, Samuel S Chowdhury Pabna, Md Kaium Khan Natore, Sheikh Azad Hossain Naogaon, FKM Lutfar Rahman Chapainawabganj, Matiar Rahman Bogra, Sanowar Hossain Sirajganj, Abdul Latif Hakkani Gaibandha, Abdul Hakim Mandal Jaypurhat, Mahubar Rahman Rangpur, Akil Ahmed Dinajpur, Md Moksedul Alam Thakurgaon, Sharif Hossain Panchagarh, Ohidul Haque Sarker Nilphamari, Fazlul Haque Lalmonirhat and Moiz Uddin Sarker from Kurigram.
Family of Abdur Razzak from Barisal, Salahuddin Ahmed Salek Jhalakathi, Mojubur Rahman Khalek Pirojpur, Shahjahan Mia Patuakhali, Sana Ullah Bhola, Henera Begum Barguna, MMA Salam Khulna, Shafiur Rahman Mallik Jessore, Rakibul Islam Chuadanga, Razab Ali Maznu Magura, Golam Rabbabi Satkhira, Wahiduzzaman Narail, Mojibur Rahman Kushtia, Dulal Kumar Chakrabarti Jhenaidah, Abdus Salam Meherpur and Mir Shawkat Ali Badsha from Bagerhat.
The highest taxpayers, both individual and corporate, under different sub-categories at national level for FY2016-2017

Individual category:
Five senior citizens Samuel S Chowdhury, Golam Dastagir Gazi, Alihussain Akberali, Anita Chowdhury and M Anis Ud Dowla have been awarded for payment of income tax at the highest amount.
Five war-wounded freedom fighters including Abu Saleh Mohammad Nasim, Md Abdul Wahab and Nasir Uddin Mridha, three physically challenged people including Akram Mahmud, five female taxpayers including Laila Hossain, Hosne Ara Hossain and Bula Chowdhury, five young taxpayers, aged below 40, including Nafis Sikder and Gazi Golam Mortuza received the tax award.
Five businessman including Md Kaus Mia and Abdul Kadir Molla, five salaried persons Mohammad Yusuf, Rubayat Farzana Hossain, Khwaja Tajmahal, MA Haider Hossain and Abdul Muktadir, five doctors AKM Fazlul Haque, Pran Gopal Datta, Jahangir Kabir, Md Abdul Mobin Khan and NAM Momenuzzaman, five Journalists Mahfuz Anam, Mohammad Abdul Malek, Matiur Rahman, Shaikh Siraj and Golam Sarwar, five lawyers including Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Mahbubey Alam and three engineers including Shyamol Kanti Ghosh received the tax award.
Three architects Rafiq Azam, Iqbal Habib and Enamul Kabir Nirjhor, three accountants including Md Moktar Hossain, seven new taxpayers including Silvana Sinha, Tania Kader Sinha, Nabila Mirza and Syed Mohammad Tahmir, three athletes Tamim Iqbal Khan, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan, three actors and actress Meher Afroz Shaon, Shakib Khan Rana and Zahid Hassan, three singers Runa Laila, SD Rubel and Rezwana Choudhury Bannya has also received the highest taxpayer award.

Company category:
Islami Bank Bangladesh, Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC, United Commercial Bank, Pubali Bank and Dutch-Bangla Bank received the highest corporate taxpayers award in banking sub-category. IDLC Finance Ltd, Bangladesh Infrastructure Finance Fund Ltd, Uttara Finance and Investment Ltd and Infrastructure Development Company Ltd in non-bank financial institutions category and Grameenphone Ltd received the award in telecommunications sub-category.
Three engineering firms BSRM Steels Ltd, Navana Ltd and PHP Continuous Galvanizing Mills Ltd, three food and allied companies Nestle, Olympic Industries and Square, three energy companies Titas Gas, Sylhet Gas Field and Boro Pukuria Coal Mining Company, three jute mills inlcuding Janata Jute Mills, seven spinning and textiles companies including Coats Bangladesh, Square Textile Mills, Apex Textile Printing Mills and Envoy Textiles Ltd, four pharmaceuticals and chemicals firms Unilever, Square, Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company and Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, four media houses Media Star Ltd, Transcraft Ltd, Media World Ltd and East West Media Group, three real estate companies Bay Developments Ltd, Space Zero Ltd and Sanmar Properties Ltd, seven readymade garment companies including That’s It Sportswear, Rifat Garments Ltd, KDS Garments, Ananta Apparels and Pacific Jeans, three leather firms Bata Shoe, Apex and Lalmai Footwear Ltd also got the award.
British American Tobacco Bangladesh, American Life Insurance Company, The Security Printing Corporation, MJL Bangladesh, Walton Micro-tech Corporation, Mastermind English Medium School and Messer’s ASBL, ASA, East West University, BURO Bangladesh, Gramsico Ltd, Community Development Centre and Integrated Development Foundation received the award. 

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