Huge interest has now been developed among the taxpayers to pay income tax while the number of taxpayers is also increasing significantly day by day, speakers observed at a function on Saturday.
Desh Universal, a private organisation organised the ceremony to launch a new web application called 'digiTax', aiming to simplify further the submission of income tax returns at the conference room of Economic Reporters Forum (ERF), Paltan in the capital.
National Board of Revenue (NBR) Member (tax policy) Md Alamgir Hossain inaugurated this online tax application digiTax as chief guest while the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) President Mahmudul Hasan Khusru, Dhaka Taxes Bar Association President AKM Azizur Rahman, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Director Khaled Mahmud Sujon, digiTax director Golam ShahriyerRonju and ERF general secretary SM Rashidul Islam were present, among others, on the occasion.
While addressing NBR Member Alamgir Hossain said “it’s not possible to give services to such huge number of taxpayers under the existing system. There is no alternative for making online all tax-related services as well as making automated the return submission system".
The NBR has taken this initiative long ago and also had introduced filling up, return submission and payment system through online,” he added.
Alamgir also noted that the march forward of digiTax from the private sector would simplify further the stride towards digitizing tax related services.
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He informed that apart from allowing submission of returns through online, the NBR would observe Income Tax Month from November 1 for which ‘environment of fair’ is being created at the tax zones so that the taxpayers can submit their returns with ease and comfort.
ICAB President Mahmudul Hasan Khusru said that income tax law is one of the toughest laws of the world and it goes through changes every now and then. “digiTax deserves applauds for taking a big stride centering this law,”
He said such initiative of digiTax would help the taxpayers and thus a huge number of taxpayers would feel encouraged to submit their returns. Besides, the revenue collection would also increase.
Highlighting the main features of digiTax, it’s team member Syeda Nusrat Haider said that there many taxpayers of different levels in the country who do not know on how to calculate income tax properly.
“As a result, they often can’t file returns properly. In order to resolve this, we’ve come up with a new system through which the users can prepare their returns with ease and comfort through giving inputs as per their requirements,”
She mentioned that their system includes an automated calculating system as per the law through which they would be able to prepare their income tax returns. Besides, the users will be able to use this software also in Bangla.
Earlier in her remarks, digiTax adviser and Desh Universal executive director Musarrat Nayeema said that digiTax is an automated tax return form fill up web application where tax calculation will be done automatically when the taxpayers would give his or her income related information after registration.