Mass-awareness needed to enhance tax collection: speakers
15 Septembar 2015, Nirapad News: Speakers at a post-rally discussion here today said emphasis should be given on creating more mass-awareness for boosting tax collection in the greater interest of making the country economically self-reliance.
They also said transparency and accountability should be ensured in the tax collection system so that more people are encouraged towards tax payment together with increasing the volume of tax collection.
They were addressing the discussion held at Rajshahi Medical College auditorium in the city to mark the giving certificates and crest to the 30 best and long-term taxpayers on the occasion of the National Income Tax Day-2015.
Tax Zone of Rajshahi hosted the ceremony where large number of taxpayers, businessmen and others concerned from five districts of the region attended.
Whip of Bangladesh National Parliament Shahiduzzaman Sarker addressed the discussion as chief guest with Dabir Uddin, Commissioner of Taxes, in the chair.
Commissioner of Rajshahi division Helaluddin Ahmed, Member (Board Administration) of NBR Firoj Shah Alam, Income Tax Commissioner Hafiz Ahmed Murshed, DIG of Police of Rajshahi range Iqbal Bahar and Commissioner of Customs, Excise and VAT Dr Abdul Mannan Shikder also spoke as special guests.
The meeting was told that the Tax Zone has realized income taxes worth Taka 315 crore in last 2014-15 fiscal year, up by Taka 58 crore than the previous 2013-14 fiscal.
Besides, the figure of taxpayers was around 1.10 lakh in 2014-15 fiscal and amount of tax collection was Taka 184 crore from around one lakh taxpayers in 2011-12 fiscal.
Whip Shahiduzzaman Sarker viewed that the enhanced tax collection from the internal resources could be the effective means of reducing the dependence on foreign aid for executing the uplift programs.
He attributed that the number of taxpayers are being increased gradually with addition of new more uncourageous taxpayers, which is good sign for the nation.
He underscored the need for making more people habituated towards tax payment as the present government is intended to execute the development programs with the internal resources.
To expand the tax network, various motivational campaigns like spot assessment, survey and rewards for the honest and transparent taxpayers need to be introduced.
Marking the day, earlier the tax officials accompanied by large number of businessmen and professional leaders brought out a colorful rally from the tax building premises.