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NBR working on corruption and hassle-free taxation system: NBR chairman PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2008

UNB, Dhaka

The National Board of Revenue is working to further free the taxation system from any hassle and corruption.

"We're working to further free the taxation system from any hassle and corruption," NBR chairman Muhammad Abdul Mazid said at a seminar at the Jatiya Press Club on Sunday.

The seminar on 'Challenges and growth potentials in tax collection' was organised jointly by Business Studies Department of University of Development Alternative (UODA) and Centre for Research & Development (CEFAD) marking the launching of a research paper. UODA Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Emajuddin Ahmed presided over the seminar.

The NBR chairman emphasized on accountability and transparency in tax collection by the government officials. "We have to ensure that the money the taxpayers are giving as tax do not go inside pillows of the tax officials," he said.

He hinted that the government might consider reducing the existing tax rates if the tax net could be increased and the revenue collection grows this way. "We want to go to the upazila level for tax collection and hold seminar there to motivate the people to pay taxes voluntarily," Mazid said.

He termed as complext the present method of tax payment, which was created by the British during its rule considering the natives to be tax evaders. The NBR is working hard to make the tax payment easier for the taxpayers, he said. "We are trying to create a congenial atmosphere for tax payment," the NBR chairman said.

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Arif Ahmed |2009-06-06 17:43:37
Bangladeshi Tax payers are being harassed twice

Income Tax & Value Added Tax (VAT) of a business is assessed on the basis of sale or turnover. This is unbelievable but believe it that in Bangladesh the sale or turnover of a business is always assessed twice by two different govt. departments & the sale or turnover figure assessed by the two departments for the same business is always different. This funny thing is happening because Income tax & VAT is assessed by Income Tax & Customs department respectively and there is no co-ordination between the two departments. As a result, a businessman is harassed twice for the same business, which is completely unnecessary.
Customs department should handle the duty & tax of goods being exported or imported, to or from other countries only, not inland tax (VAT or sales tax). As far as I know, Bangladesh is the only country in the world where inland tax (VAT or Sales Tax) is collected by Customs department. Around the world, inland tax (VAT or sales tax) is collected by income tax department along with their regular income tax collection, & in this ways a businessman is not harassed twice.

Arif Ahmed (Businessman)
Dhaka, Bangladesh.
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