The government is set to establish a National Single Window (NSW) to facilitate businesses for completing all procedures related to import and export through online using the platform as part of building digital customs, said the National Board of Revenue chairman Md Nojibur Rahman on Wednesday.
The Planning Commission has already given a positive signal for a project related to build the NSW, he said at a press briefing held at NBR headquarters in Dhaka.
He also disclosed that the tax authority had also collected Tk 1,000 crore during the enforcement month that ended on January 20 starting from December 21.
Customs wing of the NBR arranged the briefing on the occasion of World Customs Day-2017 to be observed today in the country along with the member countries of the World Customs Organisation.
The theme of the day for this year is ‘data analysis for effective border management’.
NBR chairman said that all the agencies involved with international trade and customs procedures would digitally be connected with the platform so that importers and exporters get all the services from a single point in less time and with less cost.
He also said that the VAT Online Project would launch online VAT registration programme on a broader scale in March so that the registration process could be completed by June to facilitate the traders to submit online VAT returns from July.
Customs bond management will also come under automation to check misuse of bond facility, he added.
The NBR also hopes that the number of electronic taxpayers’ identification number (e-TIN) holders would reach 30 lakh by the end of June.
Around 27 lakh people obtained e-TINs so far.
The revenue board is also going to develop its own security force, set up a media department and a legal wing, and strengthen its research and statistics wing, he said.
In reply to a question, Nojibur said that the main achievement of the month-long enforcement programme which the NBR conducted to collect due revenues and catch tax evaders was to make people aware about the tax laws.
‘We observed that dishonest businessmen became aware about the law and corrected themselves,’ he said.
Field level tax offices of income tax, value-added tax and customs conducted drives against tax dodgers across the country.
He also said that the revenue board opened three separate e-mail accounts firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org for receiving feedback from traders and general people.
They can send mails to NBR lodging complaints about harassment by tax officials and giving suggestions regarding income tax, VAT and customs, and the NBR will address the issues instantly, he said.
NBR members and high officials were present at the briefing.