Cumilla VAT Commissionerate has shown an incredible success in filing online returns in October. The government agency won the first place three times in a row.
Some 93.68% returns were submitted online in October, said a press release issued recently.
Online VAT registration and return submission rates are increasing, and through this, NBR is going one step ahead in the field of automation, according to the release.
Officials of the VAT commissionerate attributed the success to the team work.
After the new commissioner took the helm at the organisation, the picture of online return submission changed.
In last July when Commissioner Mohammad Belal Hossain Chowdhury joined the commissionerate, Cumilla was ranked fourth in filing online return. The rate of return submission was 51% then.
Immediately after a meeting with his officials, Commissioner Belal stressed supervision and the need for opening a 'Return One Stop Counter'.
Under his directive, Cumilla VAT team started working tirelessly.
In this regard, Belal said automation is the priority of the government. The NBR has always been at the forefront of implementing that goal.
Cumilla's prolific team has made the almost impossible task possible. It has also elevated the respect of NBR here in Comilla.
He further said selection of competent officers for more complex tasks and introduction of monitoring incentives have helped speed up the process.
All officers will be rewarded in future for their efficient and competent revenue growth, he added.
To increase the rate of return submission, the commissionerate took steps to raise awareness among tax payers, hold regular training and introduce incentives for officials working in field levels.
In this regard, Md Abdul Hakim, additional commissioner, Cumilla Commissionerate, said despite the prevalence of coronavirus, the officers and employees are working with courage and diligence to collect revenues and submit returns online.
Joint Commissioner Mushfiqur Rahman said this is the third time in a row Cumilla VAT Commissionerate won the first place in online VAT/return submission.
He said primarily, the path to online return submission was not smooth. In order to make the taxpayers aware, besides telephonic communications, SMS on mobiles and notifications through newspapers and local cable operators, home visits by officials were the steps taken up.
Commissioner Belal Hossain Chowdhury termed teamwork and competition the key to this unprecedented success.