Vol. 4 Num 293 Wed. March 24, 2004  

‘Simplified tax payment system to raise collection’

Government's revenue collection will increase significantly if effective measures are taken to stop harassment of taxpayers and simplify tax payment system.

This was observed by the speakers at the launching ceremony of the Centre for Tax Training and Research (CTTR), a private training institute for tax collectors and taxpayers, at BIAM auditorium in Dhaka yesterday.

The speakers urged the tax officials and bureaucrats to change the mindset and become friendly to the general people for collecting more tax.

People want to pay tax but they shy away from going to the tax officials for their negative attitude and bureaucratic mindset, they observed.

Speaking at the function, State Minister for Finance and Planning Shah Mohammad Abul Hossain said the system of tax payment and collection should be simplified for giving relief to the people from harassment.

He admitted that the bureaucrats were yet to change their mindset positively towards serving the people. "That is why people do not feel comfort to go to them for paying taxes and duties," he observed.

Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) President Kutubuddin Ahmed said businessmen always face difficulties in getting their additional taxes refunded. There is hardly any instance that a businessman got refund of such taxes, he said.

Ahmed said there should be a time limit for refunding the additional duties and value-added taxes paid by businessmen.

Former Chairman of National Board of Revenue Shah Abdul Hannan chaired the meeting. President of Jatiya Press Club and Editor of The News Today Reazuddin Ahmed and Director of CTTR Kazi Shahidul Hoque also spoke.

The CTTR has been set up by a group of former NBR officials aiming to help the people in paying taxes and duties in a more transparent way.