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‘Automation of taxation system to generate more revenue’

‘Automation of taxation system to generate more revenue’

Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) organized a workshop on ‘Income Tax Act 2023: Corporate Tax challenges and opportunities’ at the DCCI in the capital on Saturday (Jan 13). About 60 participants from different corporate houses took part in the workshop, said a press release.

Speaking at the workshop, DCCI President Ashraf Ahmed said that the number of tax payers in Bangladesh is lower than the expected level. "The country having 170 million people should not have only around four million tax payers," he said.

Ashraf also said that the workshop is designed to improve awareness among the tax professionals in line with the new "Income Tax Act 2023," especially to know the details of corporate tax system. He also mentioned that automation of taxation system will help reduce hindrances and increase tax. 

"Few initiatives have been taken that would make it easier for businesses to submit their returns," the DCCI chief opined. He further said that the source tax collected according to the clause 163(2) B, which makes Advance Income Tax as the minimum, effectively drives up the corporate tax rate.

The keynote paper was presented by Snehasish Barua, advisor, standing committee on customs, VAT, taxation & NBR related issues of DCCI and partner, Snehasish Mahmud & Co.

Wakil Ahmed, joint commissioner of taxes, tax zone-15, Dhaka said that more than 4 lakh taxpayers paid their taxes through e-TIN service in 2023 and the number was only 2,50,000 last year.

Murad Ahmed, joint commissioner of taxes, taxes zone-4, Dhaka requested the business community to use e-TDS more.

Bapan Chandra Das, second secretary, tax education, advertisement and tax legal, NBR also spoke on the occasion and the members of the Board of Directors of DCCI were also present at the workshop.