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Tax fair ends with record revenue collection

  • Published at 12:28 am November 8th, 2016
  • Last updated at 12:34 am November 8th, 2016
Tax fair ends with record revenue collection
The fair fetched Tk2035,35,84,818 last year. The revenue board hosted the fair for the seventh consecutive year across the country with a festive mode especially in the capital in its underconstruction headquarters. A huge response was accorded to the fair that witnessed a very large number of people converging on the venue on the concluding day. Queuing up and waiting for hours, the willful taxpayers were found  submitting tax-related papers, doing return submission, receiving eTIN and online services alongside paying due taxes to the government exchequer, i.e. bank booths at the fair ground in a peaceful manner. Taxpayers were seen file their papers sitting on the floor of the fair ground due to lack of sufficient arrangements. Return submission booths, help booths and bank booths receiving tax were going through a heavy pressure dealing with enthusiastic taxpayers, said Kazi Saifullah, a college teacher, who had been queuing up for about an hour in front of bank booth. A record number of people received services and submitted income tax returns to the fair across the country. Meanwhile, 1,94,598 submitted tax returns, 36,853 taxpayers got user identification numbers and passwords. A total of 9,28,973 individuals were provided with different services from the tax fair being held at the NBR head office. p State-owned Sonali Bank and Janata Bank set up booths and the authorities increased the number of different booths to cope up with the growing demand to help taxpayers and visitors. Besides, NBR provided taxpayers with shuttle buses and 23 special help booths for women and physically challenged taxpayers. NBR Chairman Nojibur Rahman expressed his satisfaction over the response received from taxpayers, saying the revenue authority  promised to provide services over the year and inspired people to pay taxes to build a healthy nation. Like every other day, the fair organiser arranged the event titled “Tax education forum” for students. The event aimed at growing awareness. Meantime, NBR has organised a closing ceremony and cultural event at the headquarters which started at around 6:30pm. Cabinet secretary Md Shafiul Alam addressed the programme as the chief guest while principal secretary to the prime minister,  Abul Kalam Azad, and senior secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, Dr Kamal Abdul Naser, were present as special guests. Finance Minister AMA Muhith inaugurated the online tax return submission system on November 1, 2016. The fair was held at 150 venues spanning seven days at divisional headquarters, four days at district headquarters, two days in 29 upazilas and one day at 57 upazilas as mobile income tax fair.