Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services on Wednesday recommended the National Board of Revenue to introduce a special card for payment of digital marketing bills to global digital platforms like Google, Facebook instead of existing payment system through credit cards.
Introduction of a special payment card will ensure proper revenue collection from the sector, the apex ICT trade body said in its budget proposal placed to NBR.
At a pre-budget discussion with NBR, BASIS vice-president Mushfiqur Rahman said that introduction of new card and prohibition of use of existing traditional cards for the purpose of making payments to Google, Facebook and other platforms for advertisements would increase the government’s revenue.
He also demanded ensuring tax collection from global internet giants against advertisement bills.
BASIS, in its written proposal, also demanded inclusion of some new services including system integration, cloud service and cyber security assessment in the list of IT enabled services for tax benefits.
It also demanded tax exemption certificate to ICT companies for the whole exemption period up to 2024 as the companies now faced difficulties to collect the certificates every year.
In reply, NBR chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said that that NBR also agreed on the issue of implementing a Digital Marketing Payment Policy.
NBR will go through the proposal and will take steps after assessment, he said.
At the meeting, Bangladesh Computer Samity demanded duty benefits on import of at least 30-inch monitor from current 22-inch monitor for the sector as small size monitor was not appropriate for many activities like graphic designs.
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