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84 families honoured as 'Kor Bahadur Poribar'
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) on Wednesday honoured 84 families as 'Kor Bahadur Poribar' for the first time in the country for their relentless efforts over the years to enrich the state coffer.
The NBR handed over a crest, a certificate and tax cards to each of the 'Kor Bahadur Poribar' and the highest tax payers at a function titled 'Kor Bahadur Poribar and Best Tax Payers Honour 2017' held at the under-construction building of the NBR in the city's Agargaon area.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith along with Parliamentary Standing Committee Chairman on Finance Ministry Dr M Abdur Razzaque, State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan, NBR Chairman Md Nojibur Rahman, FBCCI President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin and Kazi Rozi, MP handed over the awards to the Kor Bahadur Poribars and other best taxpayers.
NBR Member for Tax Administration and Human Resources Development Md Abdur Razzaque gave the address of welcome.
The best taxpayers Honour in individual category for the fiscal year 2016-2017 were given in different categories, including senior citizen category, gazetted war-wounded freedom fighters, disabled, women, youths (below 40), businessmen, doctors, journalists, lawyers, engineers, architects, accountants, new taxpayers, players, and actors/actresses.
In the corporate sector, the best taxpayers award for the fiscal 2016-2017 were given in banking, non-banking financial, telecommunications, engineering, food and others, energy, jute industry, spinning and textile, pharmaceuticals and chemistry, print and electronic media, real estate, RMG, leather industry, farm, and other categories. Awards were also given to those taxpayers who have long been paying taxes in city corporation areas.
NBR Chairman Md Nojibur Rahman said the 'Kor Bahadur Poribar' award, introduced for the first time in the country, has given a new height to this season's Income Tax Fair.
Mentioning that the NBR has been able to mobilise around Tk 1,85,000 crore revenue in the last fiscal year, Nojibur Rahman said the revenue collection target for the revenue watchdog in the current fiscal year is around Tk 2,48,190 crore.
"We're very much motivated to achieve any kind of target, the way we're receiving all-out cooperation, especially from the Prime Minister....we're making all sorts of impossible to possible," he said.
The NBR Chairman said the taxpayers consider the Tax Cards as recognition to their efforts in enriching the state coffer and hinted that such Income Tax cards would be given in all tax zones across the country in phases starting from November 12 in the capital.
FBCCI President Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin highly appreciated the NBR for holding the Tax Fair successfully over the last eight years saying, "We've noticed an overwhelming response in this fair which was also held in a festive mood. We'll provide all sorts of support and cooperation to the NBR from the FBCCI to provide the tax-related services through such fairs."
Kutubuddin Ahmed, chairman of Envoy Group and recipient of another Kor Bahadur Poribar Honour, said, “Paying tax is not a choice. It’s the responsibility of citizens. If you’re a patriotic citizen and want the country’s welfare, then you must pay taxes.”
Actor Zahid Hasan, said, “We always appreciate other countries for their strong infrastructure or system. How did these countries make their country beautiful? It is the money of the taxpayers that helped them do it. So, if we pay taxes, we'll also be able to make our country beautiful.”
Meanwhile, the NBR also handed over awards to the students who came out successfully in an essay competition marking the Income Tax Fair 2017.
Some 9.44 lakh people received tax-related assistance from taxmen from the fair that took place for seven days in all divisional cities since the first November and for four days at district towns.
This year, the NBR took the show to 103 upazilas, up from 86 upazilas last year, with a view to creating awareness about the importance of paying tax at the grassroots level in a bigger way.