The annual ‘tax fair’ like the previous year, will not be held this year as the revenue authorities have decided not to organise the popular fair due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"We've decided not to hold the tax fair this year considering the coronavirus situation," said an official of the National Board of Revenue (NBR).
Taxpayers will now have to go to their respective tax zones and file returns and NBR officials will help them to file the returns there, said the official.
The NBR has been organising tax fairs in the first week of November every year since 2010. In the meantime, this tax fair has become very popular among the general taxpayers.
As the tax fair will not be held, the NBR recently directed the tax regions to ensure that taxpayers get a fair environment in every tax region to submit their returns.
The NBR sources said that they are preparing to create a festive mood in the tax regions so that taxpayers can complete their return filing activities properly without facing any harassment.
The last two weeks of November will create a fair environment in each tax region. However, the bank will not have booth arrangements, said several tax officials. Taxpayers can only submit returns.
Tax fairs are organised all over the country including the capital Dhaka, divisions, districts and upazilas.
In South Asia, only in Bangladesh, such tax fairs are organized for the taxpayers. In the last tax fair in 2019, nearly 6 lakh 55 thousand taxpayers submitted their annual returns. About 25 lakh returns were submitted that year.