National Board of Revenue is set to launch a door-to-door survey in major cities including Dhaka to find out new income taxpayers as part of its move to expand the tax net in the country.
NBR chairman Md Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan at a programme on Thursday said that they had already started a process to carry out the survey in association with the city corporations.
The revenue board arranged the programme at its office in Dhaka to bid farewell to immediate past finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith and welcome new finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal.
Mosharraf said that tax officials would also collect information about potential taxpayers at growth centres at upazila level as part of the survey.
At the programme, Muhith suggested the new finance minister and NBR engage university students to conduct the survey in cities to detect potential taxpayers.
University students would visit residences and business outlets in residential and commercial areas to collect data about lifestyle of wealthy people and owners of apartments and private cars, he said.
Tax officials would determine tax based on the findings and would serve notice on the persons identified in the process to pay tax, he said.
Muhith also promised to assist the NBR and the finance ministry in revenue and budgetary matters if the authorities feel it required.
Income tax officials said that NBR instructed them to start the survey by January and they were now completing ground work to launch the programme.
Field-level income tax officials usually carry out such survey by visiting apartments, business premises, factories and other establishments to detect potential taxpayers.
They also scrutinise the second hand data received from other government agencies including city corporations, land and vehicle registration offices for the purpose.
At the programme, Kamal emphasised massive reforms in various sectors including revenue and education for achieving the target of being a developed country by 2041.
’We want to be a member of G20, a group of top 20 economies in the world, by 2041,’ he said, adding that the country needed more revenue to achieve the target.
A lot of reforms have already taken place in the revenue system but further reforms are required to accelerate the economic growth, he said, adding, ’transparency and accountability are also needed in every sector.’
A massive reform is also required in the country’s education system as the existing education system is not aligned with economic and technological needs, Kamal said.
The country needs need-based and technology-based education system so that it can meet the demand of fourth industrial revolution, he added.
Kamal also applauded Muhith for his role as the finance minister in last 10 years in economic progress in the country.