National Board of Revenue (NBR) Chairman M Nazibur Rahman today vowed to track down those not paying taxes despite having taxable income.
"Today (November 30) is the last of filing tax returns. Those failing to file returns by today can pray for time. The doors of NBR will remain open for taxpayers," he said speaking at a pre-procession rally on the premises of NBR at Segunbagicha in the city marking the National Income Tax Day.
The NBR chairman said special measures were taken to create a tax-friendly environment in the country this year.
The taxpayers will not lag behind in paying taxes, if a congenial atmosphere is created and rules and regulations are simplified, he added.
Nazibur Rahman said at the beginning of last fiscal, the finance minister had fixed a target of registering 3 lakh new taxpayers, but 5 lakh new taxpayers got registered in the first four months.
He hoped that the expectation of finance minister to increase the number of income tax payers to 25 lakh will fulfill this year.
The NBR chairman formally inaugurated the rally by releasing balloons and pigeons. Besides NBR officials and employees, hundreds of people from all strata joined the rally with placards, banners and festoons.
The participants marched through the streets beside Supreme Court and National Press Club and ended coming in from of the NBR building.
Writer Anisul Huq, singer Subir Nandi, actors Ilias Kanchan, Jahid Hassan, Chanchal Chowdhury and Nobel, cricketers Akram Khan and Mustafizur Rahman took part in the rally, among others.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)