Tax fair pulls in huge response

Anisul Islam Noor

20 November, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The countrywide ongoing tax fair has turned festive in the capital as hundreds of taxpayers are thronging the fair venue to avail tax-related services in a hassle-free environment.

Visitors and taxpayers expressed their satisfaction over the overall management and services at the main tax fair held at Officers’ Club Dhaka in city’s Bailey Road. Long queues were seen at the tax fair in the capital.

National Board of Revenue (NBR) so far collected over Tk 16.58 billion in taxes till Monday from the ongoing countrywide income tax fair.

Rozil Ahmed, a school teacher from Sutrapur of old Dhaka, submitted her tax returns on Tuesday at the fair venue. “I have submitted tax returns for the first time in my life at the fair and I received all the necessary support from the tax officials,” she said.

Muhammad Rafiq, a resident of Mirpur who submitted his tax returns at the fair on Tuesday, he was able to submit the tax returns on his own as the tax officials helped him calculate his tax.

NBR officials said the taxpayers continue to throng the fair venues, including the central one at Officers’ Club Dhaka in the capital, for filing income tax returns, paying taxes and receiving other income tax-related services.

The NBR has expanded the areas for different services this year, such as the e-tin zone space has been expanded to 2250 sqft from last year’s 1000 sqft, returns form fill-up area has been expanded to 7000 sqft from last year’s 2500 sqft.

This year, the number of help desks has been increased to 53 from last year’s 33 and the number of returns submission boths has been increased to 52 from 49 of last year.

“We are excited to see such as huge response of people at the tax fair,” NBR member (tax administration) Kalipada Halder said.

NBR earned over Tk 3.11 billion in taxes on Monday, the fifth day of the ongoing countrywide income tax fair. NBR set a target to earn Tk 30 billion from this year’s tax fair.

While visiting the tax fair in the city on Monday, NBR chairman Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters that the tax fair turned into a festive mode as people of all classes and age are gathering in the fair venues with enthusiasm to submit tax returns.

A total of 1,06,200 people submitted their tax returns on the day, bringing the total number of tax returns submitted in five days to 4,20,765, which already cross last year’s volume.

NBR officials said that the fair was momentous on the fifth day, as they got huge response from the visitors and taxpayers alike.

On the fifth day, some 290,834 people received different tax-related services that include e-TIN registration, submission of tax returns and payment of taxes across the country, the NBR official informed.

Besides, 4,965 people received electronic TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) on the day.

The NBR has been arranging the fair since 2010 with the aim to provide individuals with an opportunity to have TIN, submit tax returns, and pay taxes in a hassle-free environment.

The weeklong fair will continue till Wednesday at the Officers Club in the city from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

This year, the income tax fair is being held in 120 locations across the country. Tax fairs at the district-level and Upazila-level are scheduled to be held for four days and two days respectively starting from November 14 and ending on November 20. The last date of return submission is November 30.