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Political unrest may retard revenue collection-NBR chairman - EN-vinnabarta

Political unrest may retard revenue collection-NBR chairman

Vinnabarta Desk
  • Update Time : Wednesday, November 1, 2023
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This year, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) may have more difficulty collecting taxes due to the political unrest in Bangladesh. In light of this, NBR Chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem declared November to be Income revenue Service Month and outlined the NBR’s numerous revenue collecting initiatives.

Muneem stated on the occasion of Income Tax Information and Service Month yesterday: “It’s an election year, there’s a dollar crisis, imports are declining, and businesses are struggling.” As a result, meeting the revenue objective is a significant issue. During an election year, there is a possibility of violence due to political unrest.” Incidentally, the business leaders have been complaining in various formal and informal forums that the NBR chairman is not reachable.

However, the chairman dismissed the allegation saying it was baseless and said he would not attend those who come with special requests. Muneem reflected on his job, saying: “I took responsibility in January 2020. Since then, the Covid-19 situation has begun, followed by the Russia-Ukraine war, which has made revenue collection difficult. However, I have made policy decisions. I worked on automation. The Income Tax Act is already in effect. The Customs Act will be introduced in Parliament.”

“I was in charge of office policy.” Nothing could be done in terms of income collection during this difficult economic period. “I have added some items to the budget to make doing business easier,” he added. Asked about the investigation into the theft of 56 kg of gold from the warehouse at Shahjalal International Airport, the NBR chairman informed that a fair investigation may take reasonable time. That time has given.

Mini tax fair

At the press conference, it was announced that this year, for the fourth time in a row, NBR will not organize an annual income tax fair but a mini Tax fair will be organized throughout November in the tax zone for the convenience of taxpayers.

Taxpayers will get “one-stop” service at the tax office on the pattern of income tax fair. Taxpayers will get the opportunity to pay taxes at home using Automated Challan, Bkash, Rocket or Ucash. But this time, during November, taxpayers can avail of all kinds of services, including filing of income tax returns, in a fair environment in each tax zone.

Apart from tax zones, tax information and service centers will be temporarily opened in Secretariat, Officers Club, Dhaka University and Dhaka Cantonment to provide information to taxpayers.

These centers also provide information on income tax return filing and other tax services and tax related updates.

However, earlier in 2020, 2021 and 2022, income tax fair did not take place due to the pandemic.