The National Board of Revenue has imposed restrictions on hiring of vehicles by its field offices from the current fiscal year 2020-2021 to prevent misuse in the process.
The revenue board in an instruction issued on June 28 asked its field-level income tax, value-added tax and customs offices not to hire any vehicle without prior approval from the Finance Division.
The instruction, however, created difficulties in execution of regular activities for the field offices, including conducting of inspections and surveys, due to shortage of vehicles, officials said.
They said that the instruction would also affect the revenue collection process as getting approval for hiring and procurement of vehicles from the Finance Division was a time‑consuming process.
In the instruction issued, the NBR asked the field offices to take immediate measures to purchase vehicles approved in the Table of Organogram and Equipment.
The field offices will have to take consent from the Finance Division if they need to hire vehicles on a temporary basis, it said.
‘Field offices will not be allowed to hire any vehicle outside the provisions made in the organogram without approval. The NBR will not allocate money for the purpose and officials concerned will be held personally liable (for payment of rent) if a vehicle is hired,’ according to the instruction.
The officials said that the revenue board in the last fiscal year 2019‑2020 allocated Tk 9.62 crore for the income tax wing and Tk 12.61 crore for the VAT and customs wings for hired vehicles.
Every year, the field offices get allocation for the purpose as there is scarcity of vehicles for carrying out day-to-day activities such as inspections, surveys and other routine works, they said.
The income tax and VAT officials visit the premises of taxpayers, factories and offices for inspection, audit and other purposes to check tax evasion, they added.
These activities will now be hampered as getting approval from the Finance Division is a lengthy process, they added.
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