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28,000 house, flat owners in Dhaka identified as property tax evaders

| Updated: October 06, 2021 17:41:54


28,000 house, flat owners in Dhaka identified as property tax evaders

Tax payment status of house property and flat owners in the city has come under scanner of the tax authority.

Tax Zone-1 under the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has already collected information of house property and apartment owners in Shegun Bagicha, Eskaton, Siddeswari, Moghbazar and Hatirpool areas of the city in this regard.

Tax commissioner of the zone AKM Badiul Alam said they had started issuing letters to those owners asking them to furnish tax-related information.

Initially, Tax Zone-1 has scrutinised information of 28,000 house property owners in six wards under two city corporations of the capital.

"For high-rise apartment owners, we have given them a prescribed form to collect Taxpayers Identification Number (TIN) and National identity card," he said.

He said the zone had collected data of house property owners directly from the city corporation manual database in order to check their tax status.

Instead of visiting door-to-door, the taxmen have adopted the innovative strategy for the first time to check tax evasion, he added.

"We have found some of the flat owners are yet to register their apartment after purchasing while some have shown one flat despite having multiple ones," he added.

In a programme on the lottery of Electronic Fiscal Device on Tuesday, NBR Chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem said the NBR had launched a drive to bring owners of flat and house properties under tax net.

The NBR chairman instructed all of the tax zones across the country to take this as a model and launch the drive.

In the programme, the revenue board chief handed over a letter of appreciation to Mr Badiul Alam for his innovative effort to widen the tax net.

It's a difficult task as tax evaders usually non-cooperate such drives, said the NBR chairman.

He expressed hope that such drive would help increase the number of taxpayers.

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