Tax fair begins amid huge response
The countrywide income tax fair kicked off on Thursday amid huge responses from the visitors and taxpayers.
A number of 135,758 people visited the fair and received different tax related services including opening of e-TINs, submitting returns and paying their taxes, said officials at the National Board of Revenue (NBR).
The NBR bagged Tk323.19 crore in taxes from the first day’s fairs being held across the country. It received 63,272 tax returns on the day.
Besides, 4,366 people took electronic TIN (Taxpayer Identification Number) on Thursday’s fairs.
The NBR has been arranging the fair since 2010 with an aim to encouraging people to pay taxes in a hassle-free environment, creating awareness about taxpaying and bringing more people in the tax net.
This year, the fairs are being arranged in 120 spots across the country. The week-long fair in the capital will continue till November 20, while fairs at district levels will run for four days.
Besides, the fair will continue for two days at upzila levels.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal inaugurated the fair at Officers Club in the capital, as chief guest. NBR Chairman Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan was present, among others.
The minister said tax payment was a matter of luck. “Allah made the rich and the poor. Paying the tax is a help for the people lagging behind,” said Kamal.
He said the government needed huge money to continue the development activities including setting up educational institutions, hospitals, constructing roads and highways, and providing electricity for all.
"Don't feel fear while paying tax,” he said.
He also said there would not be any irregularities like previous years in the country.
“Inform me directly if any official demands bribe or behaves unjustly” said Kamal.
Taxpayers satisfied with the services
Taxpayers expressed their satisfaction over the services of the tax fair, saying that such an arrangement eased their tax payments.
“This is really inspiring,” said a taxpayer, Dr Alamgir Badsha, who paid Tk29,868 in tax at the capital’s tax fair.
He said, “I just came and completed all procedures within short time.” There was a long queue, but it was completely hassle-free,” Badsha added.
Nazmunnahar, another taxpayer, said tax officials helped her filing the tax return.
“We got all the services in a single venue,” she added.
There are 49 booths in the capital’s tax fair for submitting returns, three bank booths, 2,500 square feet space for filling up the returns, 1000 sq feet for e-TIN zone. Besides, there are 33 help desks in the fair.