Physicians, lawyers asked to pay ‘justified tax’

Staff Correspondent

4 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) is likely to issue a letter to the physicians and lawyers requesting them to pay their justified income tax.

“A number of professionals earn huge but they are not willing to pay their taxes properly; Revenue authority will send letter to them including physicians and lawyers to pay their income tax ethically” said NBR chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan.

NBR chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said that at the pre-budget talks at Revenue Bhavan conference room at Segunbagicha in the city on Wednesday.

In the reply of Bangladesh Private Medical College Association (BPMCA) demanded over the tax waiver issue on their capital equipment import NBR chairman said that the NBR will seriously consider the demand of BPMCA aimed to ensure the quality of health services across the country.

He also pointed that they did not collect any tax from those charity companies but provide free services. However, we want to realise revenue from the organisations which are doing business against their service.

BPMCA President MM Mubin Khan said, "According to the World Health Organisation's research, Bangladesh have demand of about 1 lakh 60 thousand physicians currently, In the reality, there are only about 80 thousand physicians in public and private sector. More than 80 thousand physicians are needed. To meet the shortage we have established some Medical College Hospitals.”

According to the government policy those hospitals are treated as charity organisation but 67 non-profitable have to 15 percent pay income tax as like profitable organisations, he added.

“We are demanding 15 percent income tax withdrawal for better purpose of the country to create more physicians” said BPMCA President MM Mubin Khan. BPMCA President also mentioned that the private medical college and hospitals are providing about 65 percent of health service and creating 6 thousand physicians annually, while public medical college and hospitals creating 3 thousand 5 hundred physicians only.