The number of black money holders paying taxes under an amnesty decreased by19.16 per cent to 2,300 in FY22, according to the latest NBR data availed on Monday
In the last financial year, there was an opportunity to whiten all kinds of black money by combining the stock market, land-flat purchases, and the money kept in the bank.
But at the end of the year, it was found that despite the opportunity, only 2,300 taxpayers came forward.
The poor response is attributed to higher tax rates imposed last year, as per a UNB report.
In FY21, the tax rate was only 10 per cent compared to 25 per cent in FY 22.
Besides 5.0 per cent penalty on that tax had to be paid to whiten black money. As a result, the total tax rate stood at 26.25 per cent.
A top official of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) said that the response was low due to this.
Dr Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), told UNB that giving such an opportunity is unethical, discriminatory and against the constitution.
It proved that little was gained from such opportunities given at the expense of morality, he said.
Such opportunities provide protection only to the corrupt and encourage corruption, said the TIB chief.