Chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Iqbal Mahmood, has called for the apprehending the foreigners on charge of tax evasion.
He said that the foreigners who come to Bangladesh and are doing business and job evade tax and are smuggling out money. Seize the files. Because these are people's money. In a recent TIB research report, there are at least 2.50 lakh in the country those who are siphoning Taka 26000 crore annually. Besides, they are evading Taka 12000 tax annually.
He said this while inaugurating the 'Special Tax Course on Income-tax Law and Regulations' and 'Refresher Training Course of the Deputy Commissioner of Anti-Corruption Commission' organized by BCS (Tax) Academy, Malibagh in the capital on Sunday (Feb. 16).
Arifa Shahna, Member (Tax and Administration) of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) chaired the ceremony.
Along with foreign tax frauds as well as the local tax evaders, the ACC chairman said that money is now available from door to door. He asked the Income Tax officials to grab those tax evaders.
Referring to increasing the tax net coverage, he said, "Create a database with trade licensee holders and landlords of Dhaka and Chittagong. Bring them under tax net. But lower the tax rate, increase the tax cover. The state will not allow anyone to earn money illegally. Be active about those who withhold tax. Look whether they earn money in dishonest ways. Those who evade taxes they are actually misappropriating people's money. He who does not pay taxes is corrupt. It is the people's money.'
Iqbal Mahmud commented that there would be a tax file if they have a National Identity Card (NID). He said that whether any body has earnings or not he must have file having NID.
I don't know why tax officers don't have the power to arrest them, he said. The present law should be changed. Tax officers should have the power to siege and arrest.