Update November 26, 2018

Dhaka 1-06 am, 06-August, 2020

Taxpayers rise by 3 times in last three years: Muhith

Mirajul Moin Joy

Taxpayers increased by around three times in the country over the last three years riding on the responses of people, especially young generation, aimed at participating in the development activities, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said here today.

“Around 38 lakh returns have already been submitted this year. The number was 15 lakh in 2015 while it was only seven lakh in 2009,” he told journalists while submitting his tax return through online at the finance ministry in the city.

Among others, former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr AK Abdul Momen and Member of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) Kalipada Halder were present.

Muhith said the government organised a seven-day income tax fair from November 13 to 19 across the country. The fairgrounds witnessed a rush of taxpayers who gathered for submitting their tax returns spontaneously, he added.

Earlier, he said, people did not want to give income tax, but the attitude has now been changed a lot. Now, they consider the tax officials as service providers, he added.

He hoped that the taxpayers will cross one crore soon as all classes people, especially young, are showing eagerness to pay tax. “Now, people think, country is giving them many things, they will have to give the country something,” he added.

By paying tax, the finance minister said, taxpayers are participating in the welfare of others. Following the goal set by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina , the government is also providing all sorts of supports to pay tax and join the welfare of the people, he added.

Muhith paid Taka 2,22,922 as tax for the 2018-19 fiscal. The finance minister also informed that his assets increased to Taka 2.28 crore in the last ten years which was Taka 1.14 crore in 2008.

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