‘Taxes appellate tribunals to be revamped’

Staff Correspondent

16 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Taxes appellate tribunals across the country will be revamped with district judges or equivalent judicial officers as its head to expedite disposal of cases and realization of revenue, Law Minister Anisul Huq said.

Each tribunal will be headed by a district judge. An income tax officer and an income tax lawyer will be two other members of the tribunal. He made the statement at a meeting with representatives of Bangladesh Tax Lawyers Association at his office at the secretariat on Sunday.

About significance of tax appellate tribunals, he said the country used to rely on foreign aids for meeting 85 percent of its national budget, he said, adding that revenue is major source of income of the government now. Tax lawyers association demanded constitution of a tax bar council, taking tax appellate tribunals under law ministry and appointment of law officers at the tax tribunals like other courts.

Law minister suggested the tax lawyers to study more for enhancing professional knowledge. He also donated Tk 5 lakh for buying books for their libraries.

Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division Senior Secretary Mohammad Shahidul Haque and Law and Justice Division Secretary Md Golam Sarwar were present at the meeting.

The government is being deprived of huge revenue due to long pending cases. If tax appellate tribunals are revamped, the pending cases will be disposed soon, experts hoped.