NBR summons Dr Yunus to settle unpaid taxes
24 March 2015, Nirapad News: The revenue board yesterday summoned Grameen Bank founder Dr Muhammad Yunus to appear before the tax office concerned on March 29 for settlement about the unpaid taxes claimed by the National Board of Revenue (NBR), officials said yesterday.
It, early this week, wrote to Nobel laureate to attend in a parley with its commissioner Meftha Uddin Khan to bring an end to the dispute between NBR and Yunus.
The National Board of Revenue earlier claimed that Yunus dodged more than Tk 15.53 crore as tax for the fiscal year of 2011-2012.
He also dodged taxes in the year of 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 against his donation to his family members, poor people and different organisations, sources said.
The donation is not seen by the NBR as tax-free. The NBR’s claim, however, is now in the High Court as Yunus on March 5 this year filed a case against the NBR move.
A high official of the revenue board said that it is a routine work of tax offices to hold meeting with taxpayers to realize unpaid taxes if it crosses over Tk 50 lakh.
In 2012, the NBR summoned the income tax files of Grameen Bank and its 54 associate companies founded by Yunus. At that time, the tax zones concerned were asked to submit updated information about the payment of taxes by Yunus and the companies founded by him.