National Board of Revenue is planning to find 5.26 lakh new income taxpayers in the current fiscal year 2017-2018 through survey to bring potential taxpayers under the tax net.
Tax survey and inspection wing of the NBR has already framed a draft roadmap of the survey.
The roadmap will be placed soon at the board for its approval along with the methodology of the survey.
As per annual performance agreement signed between NBR chairman and members of the wing, it would identify a total of 5.26 lakh new taxpayers in the year, said a high official of the revenue board.
Field-level income tax offices usually carry out the survey visiting taxpayers’ business premises, factories, apartments and other establishments, known as external survey, and scrutinising second hand data received from other government agencies, known as internal survey, he said.
This time, the income tax wing would prefer internal survey, he added.
The last two surveys were conducted through door-to-door visits.
He said that taxpayers might be annoyed by the frequent visits to their premises, so the methodology would be finalised as per instruction of the board, he said.
The last door-to-door survey launched in June 2016 found some three lakh new taxpayers.
Each income tax zone may get a target of bringing on an average 18,200 new taxpayers under the tax net through the survey.
Income tax commissioner will distribute the target among the tax circles based on their location, economic activities and other potentialities.
There are 649 tax circles across the country.
Officials said that field-level offices would have to arrange publicity and inform the officer-in-charge in local police station before visiting any upazila if the NBR finally adopted door-to-door survey.
They will also seek cooperation from trade leaders and local government representatives to conduct the survey at the growth centres under any upazila, municipality and union.
Tax offices will also collect data related to ownership of apartments, plots and motor car from city corporations, sub-registry offices, real estate developers and Bangladesh Road Transport Authority to check whether apartment and car owners possess electronic taxpayers’ identification numbers and pay tax.
The survey team will issue e-TINs instantly and open tax files if they find any non-compliant house owners.
Officials said that many wealthy individuals and organisations including house property owners, business entities, salaried people and professionals having taxable income were the main target of the survey.
The revenue board has also brought some professionals including government employees and executives and managers of private companies under the provision of mandatory tax returns submission.
The survey team will also pay attention on the sectors.
The NBR earlier in 2014 and 2012 conducted two similar surveys and identified some 1.04 lakh and 1.66 lakh taxpayers respectively.
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