Weeklong Income Tax Fair motivates youth to become taxpayers

Golam Moin Uddin
Thursday, November 16th, 2017


The week-long Income Tax Fair 2017 held from November 1-7 drew huge response from the taxpayers and Income-tax related service seekers across the country with the introduction of Income tax cards for the first time in the history of the country, alongside the ‘Kar Bahadur Paribar’ honour to some 84 families.


According to NBR, this season’s Income Tax Fair witnessed the highest ever revenue collection of Tk 2,217 crore, 33 lakh, 14 thousand and 221, which is 4.12 percent or Tk   876,538,410 higher than the previous year when Tk 2,129 crore, 67 lakh, 75 thousand and 811 were realized in the Income Tax Fair 2016.


This season’s Fair also witnessed the highest number of visitors as some 3,35,487 taxpayers submitted their returns while some 11,69,569 general people took various Income Tax related services. On the other hand, some 1,94,598 Income tax payers submitted their returns during the Income Tax Fair last year with some 9,28,973 common people taking various Income Tax related services last year.


Within November 7, the National Board of Revenue held the event for four days in 56 upazilas, for two days in 34 upazilas and for one day in 71 upazilas.


In his message, President Abdul Hamid said the government has been organising income tax fair every year since 2010 to encourage the people to pay tax and simplify the process of income tax payment.


“NBR adds a new dimension not only to the tax culture but also the national culture through organising the income tax fair,” he added.


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, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government introduced the income tax fair in 2010 aiming to make easy the process of paying income tax and create awareness among the people on income tax.


“Taxpayers are getting benefits through the income tax fair which is increasing the revenue collection,” she added.


As well as holding the income tax fair, the Prime Minister said, NBR has already been able to create awareness on income tax by taking different innovative programmes, including income tax day, income tax week, income tax camp, revenue halkhata, union digital centre, revenue dialogue, tax education forum, social media dialogue, Facebook page and feedback mail.


She hoped that NBR will continue to play a vital role to mobilise revenue for development through implementing the 6P (Patriotism, Political Guidance, People, Partnership, Planning, and Performance) by showing zero tolerance to corruption, harassment, misconduct and indiscipline.


Issuing income Tax cards


Introduction of Income Tax cards was the center of attraction in this year’s Fair which was also the innovation of NBR. During the Fair, thousands of Income tax payers thronged in front of the booth of the Income Tax Cards in Dhaka, Sylhet and Chittagong and received their cards in a disciplined manner. These cards were given from some 20 booths and it took only 30 seconds to get this card printed much to the delight and enthusiasm of the valued taxpayers.


The NBR officials informed that this sort of Income Tax card would be given to all the taxpayers across the country in phases through which they would get priority in receiving various government services.


The Income Tax cards recipients include the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Ministers, State Ministers, Members of Parliament, Secretaries, and some renowned personalities of the country.


Apart from providing Income Tax cards, the NBR also provided stickers this time reading “I am a proud taxpayer” to those who submit their income tax returns for the year 2017-18 at the fairs in Dhaka and Chittagong.


Top taxpaying families felicitated as “Kar Bahadur”


This year the tax authority, along with honouring 141 top taxpayers from various sectors and professions with tax cards, recognized as “Kar Bahadur” or “Tax Icon” to those families whose members have been paying a high amount tax for a long time.


On November 8, the NBR honoured some 84 families as ‘Kar Bahadur Poribar’ for the first time in the country for their relentless efforts over the years to enrich the State Coffer alongside hounouring the other highest income tax payers for the last fiscal year.


The NBR handed over a crest, a certificate and tax cards among each of the ‘Kar Bahadur Poribar’ and highest tax payers at a function titled ‘Kar Bahadur Poribar and Best Tax Payers Honour 2017’ held at the under-construction building of the NBR in the city’s Agargaon area.


Best of the lot


Among the corporate sector, the best taxpayers award for the fiscal 2016-2017 were given in banking, non-banking financial, telecommunication, engineering, food and others, energy, jute industry, spinning and textile, pharmaceuticals and chemistry, print and electronic media, real estate, RMG, leather industry, farm, and other categories as well as awards were also given to those taxpayers who have been paying taxes in the City Corporation areas for long.


In this season’s Fair, the taxpayers were also able to pay taxes through Sonali and Janata banks, while potential taxpayers got electronically generated taxpayer identification numbers.


Besides, separate booths provided tax-related assistance to women, the physically challenged, the elderly and freedom fighters. Booths were also set up to help taxpayers file returns online.

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