Returns submission deadline ends today
National Income Tax Day-2016 will be observed today across the country with a renewed call for creating awareness among the people for payment of income tax regularly.
National Board of Revenue has chalked out elaborate programmes in observance of the day.
A colourful rally will be brought out from the head-office premises of the NBR, which will parade different thoroughfares, including the Jatiya Press Club, Secretariat and Bijoy Nagar before termination at the NBR.
Finance minister AMA Muhith and NBR chairman Nojibur Rahman will, among others, join the procession.
President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion wishing success of the day.
In the messages they greeted all officials and employees of the NBR and tax-paying individuals and companies.
President Hamid in his message said the NBR has been working relentlessly to meet the target of revenue earnings through adopting ‘Good Governance and Developed Management Policy’.
Terming the arrangement of income tax fair and income tax week as time-befitting, he said the creative and forward looking programmes have already helped create a tax-friendly environment in the country.
The president urged all concerned to come forward with collaborative sprit to further strengthen and integrate the revenue earnings in the country.
In her message Hasina said the NBR is working relentlessly to implement the programmes of the present government through further increasing the revenue earnings.
She said the government organised week-long income tax fair in 150 places across the country from November 1 and income tax week, for the first time, from November 24 to create a taxpayers-friendly environment and close relations between taxpayers and tax officials.
She urged all concerned to get involved in the development of the country directly through paying tax properly.
Meanwhile, with the submission of tax return closing today, tax offices witnessed a rush of taxpayers who gathered at their respective tax zones to submit tax return on Tuesday.
As the government will not extend the deadline for submission of tax return this year, the taxpayers were found waiting in different tax zone offices to submit their tax return.
The NBR is also observing income tax week to facilitate the taxpayers to submit their return.
‘We are facing a huge rush of taxpayers who are given necessary support and cooperating in filing tax return. We have opened several booths to provide such services,’ tax commissioner of Tax Zone-2 Kanan Kumar Roy told BSS.
He said the taxpayers who could not come to tax fair are now coming to tax offices for submission of tax return.
NBR chairman Md Nojibur Rahman said the tax fair and tax week have helped remove fear among the people about tax. ‘We expect that the number of tax return will go up this year,’ he added.
He said public servants who draw monthly basic Tk 16,000 salary and more must submit tax return. The officers concerned will start verifying it in December and inform the NBR, he said, adding that then the NBR will take steps as per the law.
Bangladesh Bank has asked scheduled banks to keep their branches open up to 8pm Wednesday to facilitate taxpayer to pay tax.
‘Banks have asked to keep open their chalan or pay-order facilities,’ said the BB in a circular.
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