But sought some time for submitting their VAT returns
American tech giant Microsoft Corporation has paid Tk3.23 crore as VAT for the first time as a non-resident company.
After taking its Business Identification Number (BIN) from the Customs, Excise and VAT Commissionerate, Dhaka South in last July, the multinational company deposited the VAT amount to the state coffer in this September against their sold services during the months of July and August.
Talking to BSS, Commissioner of Customs, Excise and VAT Commissionerate, Dhaka South SM Humayun Kabir on Monday said that Microsoft paid VAT for the first time in the country as a non-resident firm. He, however, said that Microsoft sought some time for submitting their VAT returns.
Meanwhile, there other global giants -- Facebook, Google, and Amazon -- started to pay VAT from the current fiscal year and all of these three entities are registered with the Customs, Excise and VAT Commissionerate, Dhaka South.
Microsoft had previously registered for value added tax (VAT) with the National Board of Revenue (NBR) on July 1 earlier this year.
Under the Value Added Tax and Supplementary Duty Act 2012, they will be paying VAT at a rate of 15% on the sale of goods, advertisements and services.
The Bangladesh government took the initiative of bringing foreign companies under the registration and VAT process in 2019, as tech giants had been making around Tk3,000 crore from Bangladesh annually.
According to an NBR official, Microsoft has been paying taxes on their business in Bangladesh that has been deducted from businesses availing its products and services in contrast to paying it through banks, inducing uncertainties on the amount of revenue staying in and going out of the country.
Podder & Associates works as the local VAT agent for Microsoft.
Earlier, Facebook had registered for VAT on June 13, while Amazon and Google had done the same in May. Although tech giants had expressed the willingness to register with the NBR as early as 2019, several issues had delayed the process.