NBR cancels income tax fair for second year of pandemic

But authorities will provide services to taxpayers throughout November through its zonal offices, NBR chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem said at a press briefing on Tuesday. “This will include creating an awareness and culture of paying taxes,” he said.

Bangladesh will celebrate National Income Tax Day on November 30.

Usually, taxpayers can access all types of services at one place when holding an income tax fair. The NBR had held a month-long income tax fair for nine years from 2010 to 2019. It canceled the fair in 2020 due to the pandemic.

The NBR will accept the submission back to 649 circles in 31 tax zones across Bangladesh during office hours in November. Taxpayers will receive an instant acknowledgment of receipt of their tax return.

The service centers will allow registration and re-registration and will provide electronic tax identification numbers. Each tax zone’s website has income tax information and instructions for completing the forms or return forms they contain.

To make the feedback submission process easier for government officials, the NBR will be opening a “feedback submission stand” and help desk at the Secretariat and the officers’ club from November 1 to 14, Muneem said.

In addition, income tax reporting services will be provided to Sena Malancha in Dhaka cantonment for armed forces personnel on November 9-10.

The NBR will issue tax cards to the 141 highest taxpayers on November 24. Up to 666 top taxpayers from districts and municipalities will receive badges and certificates of recognition and congratulations.

Chattogram tax zones will award congratulations centrally, while other tax zones across the country will host their own events to honor top taxpayers.

In response to a question, Muneem said eTIN registration experienced a 26% increase in fiscal year 2020-2021. Currently, 6.8 million citizens have an eTIN.

“We believe we will be able to raise the tax net to our desired level,” Muneem said in hopes of expanding online taxpayer services.

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