Income tax return submission: Taxpayers throng temporary NBR booths as deadline nears

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:51, Nov 27,2016

 
 

Taxpayers receive services at temporary booths set up at a zonal office of the National Board of Revenue in Dhaka on Sunday on the occasion of the Income Tax Week that began on November 24. — New Age photo

A huge number of taxpayers on Sunday thronged the temporary booths set up at the field offices of the National Board of Revenue to file their tax returns as the deadline for the returns submission is approaching to end on November 30.
The revenue board is expecting more crowds in next three days at the booths set up on occasion of Income Tax Week at the premises of the field offices to assist the taxpayers in filling up and filing returns within the deadline.
The NBR is observing Income Tax Week from November 24 to November 30 for the first time in the country and providing taxpayers with one-stop services.
All the 649 circle offices under the 31 income tax zones of the NBR set up temporary booths to provide hassle-free one-stop services so that all the taxpayers can file their tax returns as there is no scope for extension of the deadline.
Taxpayers, however, can avail the facility of time extension on condition of paying a late fee at the rate of 2 per cent per month on the payable tax.
The NBR will also observe November 30 as Income Tax Day introduced in the country for the first time.
At the booths, taxpayers were seen filling up and filing tax returns.
They also got their acknowledgement receipt within couple of minutes.
‘Such arrangement at the circle offices in a festive environment created another scope of filing tax returns without any hassle for the taxpayers who could not file returns earlier,’ said a taxpayer after filing returns at circle 138 of zone-7 in Dhaka.
‘I have been avoiding visiting circle offices for filing returns since the NBR arranged income tax fairs as visiting the tax offices is troublesome,’ he said.
Taxmen at circle offices always try to delay in providing acknowledgement receipt which was provided here instantly, he added.
Taxpayers, however, alleged that taxmen were not providing tax certificate.
No experienced taxmen were found at the booths for replying queries related to filling up the returns, they said.
Officials of the revenue board said that circle offices would issue certificate after receiving the copy of tax returns.
It will take three to four days to complete the process of issuing tax certificate, they said.
New Age found that most of the circle offices in Dhaka set up temporary booths at the ground floor of their respective offices. In case of not having space in ground floor, the services were being provided inside the offices.
Along with receiving tax returns, tax officials were also issuing online taxpayers identification numbers, providing treasury challan for depositing tax at banks and user ID and password for getting access to online returns filing system from the booths.
The booths will remain open from 9am to 8pm till Wednesday.

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