ACC to NBR
Catch tax-dodging foreign workers
Staff Reporter :
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Iqbal Mahmood has asked the officials of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to 'catch' the identified tax-dodging foreign nationals working in Bangladesh.
He also said that the loan forgers and tax frauds in the country would also not get chance to sleep.
The anti-graft body chairman came up with the call at a training progrmame of the ACC and NBR officials at BCS Tax Academy auditorium in the capital on Sunday.
"The corrupt people as much as powerful will be under of the law. There is no anyone powerful where we will surrender. Those who have grabbed the river, cannel and government land, we will take action against them," he said.
Iqbal Mahmood also asked the NBR officials to strengthen connection with Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) and Immigration and Passports Department so that nobody can evade taxes and misappropriate public money.
"Don't harass any honest businessman during tax collection. We want to widen the tax net, not to raise the tax rate. You (ACC and NBR officials) will work with transparency to achieve the vision of Bangladesh," he added.
BCS Tax Academy Director General Md Lutful Azim delivered the welcome speech at the event.
Earlier on February 5, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) said foreign nationals working in Bangladesh are taking away Tk 26,400 crore annually by evading Tk 12,000 crore in taxes.
According to a TIB survey conducted from April 2018 till December 2019, it is found that some 250,000 foreigners (legal and illegal) are working in Bangladesh.