Govt staff must include tax payment info in salary bills for 6 months

Jasim Uddin | Published: 22:53, Nov 28,2016

 
 

A file photo shows the National Board of Revenue office in Dhaka. Tax defaulting government officials will face trouble in getting salary from January, officials of the NBR said. — New Age photo

Tax defaulters to face trouble in getting salary from January

Tax defaulting government officials will face trouble in getting salary from January, officials of the National Board of Revenue said.
They said that the government employees having drawn basic salary above Tk 16,000 in any month of last fiscal year 2015-2016 must have to include tax payment information in the monthly salary bills for six months from January to get salary without problem.
In a letter issued on November 24, the income tax wing of the revenue board requested the Controller General of Accounts to check tax payment status of the employees of the government, semi-government and autonomous bodies before approving and paying them salary.
According to the letter, public servants will have to mandatorily include the online taxpayers’ identification number, serial number of acknowledgment receipt of tax payment and the date of returns filing for the current fiscal year of 2016-2017 in the salary bills for six months starting from January.
Government officials who have applied for time extension for returns submission will have to provide information related to approval of the deputy commissioner of taxes, and name of tax circle and zones with the salary bills, the letter stated.
Taxpayers who seek time for returns submission will have to pay 2 per cent delay interest per month on applicable tax.
The salary approval and payment authorities will check the authenticity of the information, it said.
The deadline for return submission is scheduled to expire tomorrow.
According to the income tax law, returns submission is mandatory for the employees of the government, semi-government and autonomous bodies if they drew basic salary above Tk 16,000 in any month of last fiscal year, a senior official of the NBR told New Age on Monday.
The revenue board included the provision in the law in the budget for the current fiscal year.
On the other hand, there is a condition of tax payment in the Pay Scale-2015.
So, it is the responsibility of CAG officials to verify tax payment status of the government officials.
The official said that the step was taken to ensure tax compliance of the public servants.
Though income tax is deducted at source from the salary of the government officials, many of them don’t submit returns, he added.
He also said that CAG officials would raise objection against approving salary if the information was not included in the salary bills or the information was found false.
Officials will be able to draw their salary after paying tax and filing tax returns, he said adding that taxpayers would be able to pay tax and submit returns even after the deadline by paying penalty in the case of time extension application.
Tax officials estimated an additional 1,35,000 public servants as new taxpayers in the current fiscal year because of the implementation of the Pay Scale-2015.

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