NBR pushes EFD installation schedule to March

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha . Dhaka | Published: 00:29, Feb 18,2020


Around 100 Electronic Fiscal Devices would be installed at some 100 business enterprises in March to ensure transparency to facilitate realisation of VAT.

The National Board of Revenue has already completed necessary formalities in this regard with the import of 100 EFDs.

NBR member (VAT implementation) M Jamal Hossain said that the revenue board had declared to install EFDs at the beginning of the current fiscal year.

‘But, it was not possible to launch it on time since the work on setting up the data centre under the VAT online project could not be completed. But, now all the preparatory works are in the final stage and hopefully it will be possible to launch those machines next month,’ he added.

He said that the revenue board would install those EFDs after completing necessary trial runs since the installation of the EFDs has high technical issues.

‘Trial runs will continue in the first two weeks of the next month and after that we’ll start installing EFDs,’ Jamal added.

China-based tech firm SZZT is supplying these EFDs and last year the NBR gave work order for procuring some 10,000 EFDs with a cost of Tk 317 crore.

Out of that number, some 100 EFDs have already arrived in the country while the rest of EFDs would reach the country within a few months.

Jamal hoped that with the introduction of EFDs, it would be possible to ensure transparency in realization of VAT side by side checking VAT dodging.

EFDs are improved versions of the Electronic Cash Registers (ECRs) which is under operation for realisation of VAT across the countrywide business establishments.

The NBR would install these EFDs in some 25 types of business establishments like residential hotels, restaurants and fast food shops, decorators and caterers, motor vehicle garages and workshops, dockyards, ad firms, printing press, community centres, sweetmeat shops, jewellery shops, furniture shops, courier and express mail service, beauty parlours, health clubs and fitness centres, coaching centres, social and sports clubs, RMG marketing, electric and electrical household items, shopping centres, departmental stores, general stores or super shops, large and medium-scale firms, mechanised laundries, cinemas and security services.

Jamal said that the new EFDs would leave no scope for dodging VAT payment while the businesspersons would also not be subjected to harassment since these devices would be directly linked to the servers of the NBR.

According to the new VAT act, businesses with a turnover of over Tk 50 lakh in the country would have to use EFD machines.

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