State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid called upon not to make the Tax Identification Number (TIN) mandatory for all electricity consumers for payment of their bills.
He made the call during budget session for fiscal 2019-2020 at the national parliament on Sunday.“It has been proposed that TIN will be made compulsory for getting electricity service in the budget. Among 3 crore consumers of the Bangladesh Rural Development Board, 1 crore 20 lakh use less than 40 units of power,” Nasrul Hamid informed.
He said that if TIN is made mandatory for paying electric bills, they have to apply for TIN registration. That means NBR files will have to be opened for their TIN registration.
“So, I call upon the government not to make TIN mandatory for all electricity consumers for paying electric bills,” the state minister said.
Earlier, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has recently decided to bring all electric holding meter possessors in the city areas under the tax net to ensure tax compliance and increase revenue collection.
As part of the move, NBR will make the Tax Identification Number (TIN) mandatory for getting this utility service in City Corporation and Municipal areas from the upcoming fiscal year.
According to NBR sources, once the regulation is adopted, the power supply agencies will not issue any electric meter to anyone without TIN.Besides, those who have already obtained electric meter and do not have TIN, will have to obtain it compulsorily and mention the number while making the immediate next electric bill payment.