Week-long income tax fair begins today

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 00:00, Nov 14,2019


Top taxpayers in Barishal division are seen with state minister for water resources Zahid Faruque while he distributes tax cards to the taxpayers at a ceremony held in a hotel in Barishal on Wednesday, the opening day of a weeklong income tax fair in the division. Forty-nine taxpayers in the division received the award in four categories. The weeklong nationwide income tax fair begins today. — New Age photo

The 10th edition of the week-long income tax fair will begin in the country today in a bid to create massive awareness among people on tax as well as render tax- related services.

The fair will continue in all the divisional cities, including the capital, till November 20. The fair in the capital would be held on the Officers’ Club premises.

The slogan of this edition of the fair is “Sobai Mile Dibo Kor, Desh Hobe Swanirbhor’ while the theme of the fair has been set at “Voluntary participation in paying taxes, implementation of vision is ensured”.

President M Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday issued separate messages on the eve of the week-long income tax fair.

In his message, Hamid said the government was organising income tax fair to encourage the people to pay tax and simplify the process of income tax payment.

The president urged all concerned to come forward spontaneously to give income tax for expediting the activities of the country’s socioeconomic development.

In her message, Hasina said that the government had been holding the income tax fair every year since 2010 aiming to mobilise adequate amount of internal resources.

Earlier, NBR chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan at a press conference said the fair would be held in all the district headquarters for four days while for two days in 48 upazilas.

Besides, a one-day ‘mobile income tax fair’ will be held at eight growth centres at upazila-level, he added.

Like the previous years, the taxpayers would get bank booth facilities on the fair premises to submit their tax returns side by side the tax officials would assist them at the designated support centres, the NBR chairman said, adding, ‘All income tax related services will be available under one roof while the taxpayers would only need to bring the necessary papers.’

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