In addition, national cricketer Shakib Al Hasan topped the list under the player sub-category within the individual category, followed by Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Monday gave tax cards to 76 individuals, 54 organizations and 11 other entities under different categories for their outstanding contribution to the national exchequer in the last fiscal year.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith, as the chief guest, handed over the cards along with crests to the highest taxpayers at a Dhaka hotel during a ceremony.
The recognition for the highest taxpayers is mandated by the National Tax Card Policy, 2010 (Amended).
Earlier, an NBR notification issued on November 1 revealed the names of 656 individuals and corporate taxpayers who paid the highest amount of income taxes in different categories in fiscal year 2017-18.
Besides, 63 other individuals and corporations got crests and certificates in recognition of their contributions as top taxpayers at district and city corporation levels.
There are 13 sub-categories under the individual category, 14 sub-categories under the company category and four sub-categories under the other entities’ category.
Among the 76 individuals, Golam Dastagir Gazi MP won the tax card under the senior citizen sub-category, Lt Gen (retd.) Abu Saleh Md Nasim under the gazetted injured freedom fighter sub-category, Sukarna Ghosh under the physically challenged sub-category, Rubaiyat Farzana Hossain under the women sub-category, Nafis Shikder under young (under 40) sub-category and Miah Monika Rafiqolovona under the new taxpayer sub-category.
In addition, national cricketer Shakib Al Hasan topped the list under the player sub-category within the individual category, followed by Tamim Iqbal and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.
Under the same category, celebrated singer Runa Laila also won a card for becoming a highest taxpayer in her field.
Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd and IDLC Finance Ltd were the top taxpayers under banking and non-banking sub-categories respectively. State-run Titas Gas paid the highest tax in the energy sector and Janata Jute Mills in the jute industry, with Unilever Bangladesh topping the list of taxpayers under the pharmaceuticals and chemicals sub-category.
Grameenphone was honoured for paying the most tax among the mobile phone operators.
East West Media Group Limited (EWMGL) topped the list of taxpaying companies in print and electronic media sub-category. Bata Shoe Company also gained the same feat under the leather sub-category.
British American Tobacco and Rifat Garments Ltd got the honour in the apparel and 'other'sub-categories respectively.
Speaking at the event, Finance Minister Muhith said the next general election is very important to maintain the economic growth of the country, and achieving the Vision 2041 to make Bangladesh a developed nation.
“The next election is so crucial. It is when we have to decide whether we want to keep the momentum going,” he said, adding that the voters are well aware of the fact and will not make any mistake in this regard.
Chaired by NBR Chairman M Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan was also present at the event.