Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tax offices face rush of taxpayers

Tax offices face rush of taxpayers

With the submission of tax return closing today (Thursday), tax offices witnessed a rush of taxpayers who gathered at their respective tax zones to submit tax return on Wednesday, reports BSS. As the government will not extend the deadline for submission of tax return, the taxpayers were found waiting in queues at different tax zone offices to submit their tax return. Banks will remain open tomorrow until 8pm to help people pay taxes and submit income tax returns within the given deadline. Bangladesh Bank took the decision following a request by the NBR. NBR chairman Md Nojibur Rahman said November 30 is the deadline for submission of tax returns and revenue officials will receive tax returns as long as the taxpayers will be in queue at tax offices. He requested the taxpayers to complete submission of their returns by today (Thursday). According to NBR, around 11 lakh returns were submitted till Wednesday afternoon. There are 32 lakh TIN holders in the country and NBR received 15 lakh returns last year. Earlier, NBR organized tax fairs at the tax zones across the country from Nov 12 to Nov 30. The NBR said that the fairs at the tax zones aimed to facilitate submitting the tax return. Other tax-related services were also available in the tax fairs in 56 district headquarters, 34 Upazilas, and moving fairs in 71 Upazilas. But, Income Tax ID Cards, one of the attractions in the recently held main weeklong tax fair at the NBR Building in the city, was not available in the fairs at the tax zones outside the capital. At the tax zone fairs in Dhaka, the citizens could collect the cards from Nov 20 to Nov 28 by submitting the return. In the main fair from Nov 1 to 7, the NBR collected Tk 22.17 billion in taxes. The weeklong fair ended with a record turnout of 1.1 million visitors, of which around 300,000 taxpayers submitted their returns. Meanwhile, National Income Tax Day-2017 will be observed today (Thursday) across the country aiming to create awareness among the people for payment of income tax regularly. President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion wishing a success of the day. The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has chalked out elaborate programmes in observance of the day. The theme of this year's tax day is "Sabai Mile Debo Kar, Desh Hobe Swanirbhar". A colourful rally will be brought out from the head-office premises of the NBR at 7am, which will parade different thoroughfares including Jatiya Press Club, Secretariat and Bijoy Nagar before termination at the NBR. Finance Minister AMA Muhith will inaugurate the procession while state minister for finance and planning MA Mannan and NBR chairman Md Nojibur Rahman will join it. In their messages the President and the Prime Minister greeted all officials and employees of the NBR and tax-paying individuals and companies on the occasion of the income tax day. President Hamid in his message said the NBR has been working relentlessly to create awareness about income tax. Like previous years, it organised income tax fair, income tax week and took various innovative steps to encourage people for payment of tax, he added. "I think the people will be encouraged more to pay tax due to NBR's creative and forward looking programmes such as giving taxpayers tax card, rewards and recognition," the President said. He said the government needs to increase resources mobilization from internal sources to implement its huge development programmes for building a happy prosperous Bangladesh as per its vision-2021 and 2041. Abdul Hamid urged all concerned to come forward with collaborative sprit to further strengthen and integrate the revenue earnings in the country. In her message, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the NBR, established by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1972, has been playing effective role in implementing the government's vision-2021 and 2041 by further increasing the revenue earnings. She said the NBR organised week-long income tax fair and income tax week to create a taxpayers-friendly environment and close relations between taxpayers and tax officials. Taxpayers were given income tax card this year, she added. The Premier said 414 long taxpaying individuals and 517 highest taxpayers from across the country were honoured and given tax card this year. The NBR gave 84 families 'Kar Bahadur Paribar' award for the first time this year, she said, adding that 7,299 income tax practitioners have been appointed across the country to assist the taxpayers and expand tax net.

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