Businesses have appreciated the recognition of the highest tax payer families as inspiring for all as well as recommended for simplification of tax management to enroll more tax payers in the process.
They also stressed on maintaining the culture of tax payment throughout the year for accelerating the economic growth of the country.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Wednesday honoured 84 families across the country by recognising them as ‘Kar Bahadur Paribar’ (tax icon families) for depositing a large amount of tax with the state coffer.
Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) president Abdul Matlub Ahmad said that the award is not only an official recognition, but also a replication of contributions towards the nation, rather than self-sufficiency.
“The tax management should be simplified to increase participation. Besides, tax payers should make a practice of year-long submission of tax return quarterly. Employees should pay the tax by month-end,” Abdul Matlub Ahmad said while talking to the Daily Sun on Saturday.
Former NBR chairman Mohammad Abdul Mazid compared the award with the title bestowed upon the landlords during British rule, saying,” The ‘Kar Bahadur’ is very similar to Khan Bahadur title given by the British rulers. However, the award recognised the prominent families who pay tax in time and it will inspire others to contribute towards national development through submitting tax return.”
Mazid also urged non-resident Bangladeshies to contribute towards national development following the footsteps of Kar Bahadur families.
Singer Runa Laila, who is one the highest taxpayers, said that she felt proud after being honoured by the NBR. “Everyone should pay tax as this money contributes immensely towards development of the country,” she said.
Prominent businessman Abdus Salam Murshedy, who received Kar Bahadur Paribar award, said: “All of my family members have been honoured by this award and it is a great pleasure on my part.”
“Everyone will have to come forward to pay tax to help country move forward. This will make it easier for us to turn the country into a middle-income one, which is a long-cherished dream of the daughter of Bangabandhu, Sheikh Hasina,” he said.
Women entrepreneur Salima Ahmad stressed on simplifying tax payment procedure.
It is worth mentioning that Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan and his family have also been honoured with Kar Bahadur Family award.
This year, NBR introduced the new award for encouraging people to contribute more towards national exchequer.
Meanwhile, Jugapad Saha, an income tax lawyer of Tangail, and his family were awarded with Kar Bahadur Paribar award.
He said, “I have done my duty with sincerity throughout my life. I pay income tax regularly since 1970. I was honoured with the highest taxpayer card in 2009.”
“This time, I am amazed by the honour bestowed upon me by the state. I shall be glad if I am invited at government programmes as a senior citizen or a Kar Bahadur,” he said.