For at least 5 years, the traders of Rangpur division have sought tax waivers for local products such as shataranji, earthenware and various other agricultural products.
On the other hand, demands for Rangpur to get equal allocation in the budget like the other divisions of the country has also garnered attraction. On the 6th of March, the chambers of commerce of eight districts under Rangpur division raised the demand at a pre-budget discussion organised by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) at Rokeya Hall of RDRS Bhaban in Rangpur city
NBR Chairman Abu Hena Rahmatul Munim attended the discussion, organised with an aim to prepare the budget for the fiscal year 2021-22, as the chief guest.
Presenting various proposals to take Rangpur forward in the forthcoming budget, Rangpur Chamber of Commerce and Industries President Mostafa Sohrab Chowdhury Titu said, “Rangpur is an agricultural and promising region but it is neglected. Budget allocations are lower than in other divisions. We get no special advantage for the development of local industry.”
He stated that there are four ports in Rangpur and if those ports are fully activated continuing the import-export activities, the socio-economic situation in the region will be changed drastically. Therefore he has demanded a 5-year tax waiver for local products in Rangpur.
Claiming that the Rangpur division is not neglected in budget, NBR Chairman Munim said, “Rangpur division has come a long way now. We get a lot of taxes from here. So, I give importance to the Rangpur division. Rangpur is being developed day by day. You can achieve a lot on your own. We will cooperate fully.”
Having cited that the NBR is going to be automated, he said that many people have complained about harassment in payment of taxes. The issue of harassment usually rears its head due to issues of illegal opportunities. Hence they are taking measures to collect taxes in an automated manner.
Munim has stated that the mentality of paying taxes is a necessity which needs to be created for the development of the country. If the taxes are collected properly, the development of the country can be successful. If more taxes are paid, there will be no recession in the businesses, instead the businesses will see growth.
He has further stated that an automation process will be in practice for collecting taxes to prevent harassment and corruption in tax collection. There will be no contact between the taxpayer and the recipient. The taxes will be collected automatically by submitting required papers through particular applications.
NBR Member (Tax Policy) Alamgir Hossain and NBR Member (VAT Policy) Masud Sadiq, among others, also attended the event as special guests.