141 national-level taxpayers get income tax cards
Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Thursday hoped the number of income taxpayers would reach to 20 lakh in the current fiscal year of 2016-2017 as the National Board of Revenue has so far got a pleasing response from the taxpayers.
‘In last fiscal year, 11 lakh taxpayers submitted income tax returns and the number of tax returns would go up to at least 20 lakh this fiscal year,’ he said at the income tax card awarding ceremony held at the NBR’s under-construction headquarters at Agargaon in Dhaka.
The National Board of Revenue organised programmes across the country including the central one in Dhaka to honour the highest income taxpayers for the FY 2015-2016 at national, city corporation and district levels.
This year, the NBR rewarded 658 individual and corporate income taxpayers including 141 in the national level and 517 in city corporations and district levels.
The highest income taxpayers in the national level have been awarded with tax cards, crests and certificates while the highest taxpayers in city corporation and district levels have received crests and certificates.
Till last year, the NBR recognised only 20 highest income taxpayers in the national level, 10 each from individual and corporate taxpayer categories and 370 highest and long-time taxpayers in city corporations and district levels.
The number this year has been increased to accommodate more taxpayers from various sectors in the list of award recipients.
At the programme in Dhaka, the finance minister also inaugurated the National Income Tax Week (November 24-30) and the online system of re-registration of the business identification number.
Muhith and industries minister Amir Hossain Amu
handed over the awards to the highest taxpayers in the national level and the highest and long-time taxpayers from nine districts under the Dhaka division.
Muhith also said it would be a matter of pride if the number of income taxpayers reaches to 25 lakh, the government target.
The deadline for tax returns submission is set to expire on November 30 with no scope for expansion, meaning that individual taxpayers will have to file their tax returns by that time.
He said the deadline which is also observed as the Income Tax Day might be set for next 25 years.
Md Kaus Mia, like previous years, topped the list of tax card recipients in the businessman category in the national level.
After receiving the award, Kaus Mia, who received the award every year since its introduction in 2010, told reporters that everyone should pay income tax to build the country.
If an individual or businessman having taxable income does not pay tax, he or she is not a true citizen of the country, he said.
He urged the affluent people to become true citizens of the country by paying income taxes.
Rafique ul Haque, who has become the fifth highest income taxpayer in the lawyer category this year, said that it was a matter of shame that only a few lakh taxpayers of a country of 16 crore people paid income tax.
The NBR should find out the tax evaders through visiting home to home and bring them under tax net, he said.
Among others, Hosne Ara Hossain secured the top position among the tax card recipients in the woman category, Khawaja Tajmahal in the salaried person category, Pran Gopal Datta in the doctor category, Mahfuz Anam in the journalist category, Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh in the lawyer category and Tamim Iqbal in the athlete category.
Among the corporate taxpayers, Standard Chartered Bank topped the list of the highest taxpayers in the banking category, Grameenphone in the telecommunications category, Titas Gas Company in the energy category, Unilever Bangladesh in the pharmaceuticals and chemical category, and Media Star Ltd topped the list in the print and electronic media category.
The tax card awardees are entitled to enjoy a number of privileges for one year including priority while reserving seats in public transports, public hospitals, and access to VIP lounges at the airports and invitation to state functions.
NBR chairman Md Nojibur Rahman said that taxmen would provide services to taxpayers at the respective tax offices until the deadline for tax returns submission on the occasion of Income Tax Week.
He assured the taxpayers that tax-friendly environment they enjoyed during the weeklong income tax fair across the country would prevail every day of the year.
The NBR has already decided to keep the tax offices open from 9:00am to 8:00pm every day including Friday and Saturday till November 30 so that taxpayers can file their tax returns smoothly.
State minister for finance and planning MA Mannan and NBR member Abdur Razzake spoke, among others, at the programme.
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