Online filing of income tax returns has resumed, with taxpayers in tax zone 6 of the capital initially eligible for the service.
Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem, chairman of the National Board of Revenue (NBR), inaugurated the programme at the office of tax zone 6 in Paltan on Sunday.
Taxpayers have been able to submit returns online for the last three years. Returns used to be submitted online using the software of FPT Information System Corporation, a Vietnamese company. The facility ended in June after the contract with the firm expired.
On Sunday, the NBR chairman said taxpayers of a single tax zone will be able to submit returns online this year and the facility will be expanded to all zones across the country by next year.
"I do not think it is difficult for Tax Identification Number [TIN] holders to pay tax but submitting returns is a problem. To address this issue, we have developed software that allows taxpayers to directly file returns online," Muneem explained.
He said tax zone 6 has 35,000 taxpayers and the facility will play a key role in enabling them to submit returns online from home.
Developing the new software is one of the key achievements of the revenue board, the NBR chairman said.
"Through this service, we have established the online return submission platform and will develop it further. Based on this, we will initiate online tax return submissions in other tax zones of Dhaka," Muneem said.
He said a taxpayer will receive an acknowledgement once the invoice of a return is submitted online.
Mohammad Jahid Hasan, commissioner of tax zone 6, moderated the programme. NBR Member Hafiz Ahmed Murshed spoke on the occasion.