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People crowd tax fair, defying shutdown

People wait in line to get their documents photocopied at a tax fair at Officers’ Club in Dhaka yesterday to submit ‘returns’ or sign up for tax identification numbers. Photo:Star

People wait in line to get their documents photocopied at a tax fair at Officers’ Club in Dhaka yesterday to submit ‘returns’ or sign up for tax identification numbers. Photo:Star

Hundreds of people thronged the tax fair yesterday, defying the countrywide shutdown enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami.
“I didn’t expect such a large crowd on a hartal day,??? said Mohammad Abdul Kuddus Khan, a transport service provider, who was waiting in a queue at the Dhaka fair at Officers’ Club.
He came to the fair to re-registrar his taxpayer’s identification number (TIN) online.
“The mood here is upbeat. It looks people are least bothered about hartal,??? said Khan, who came to the show for the first time since the tax authorities introduced such fairs in 2010.
Revenue officials at the fair said the turnout had been huge since the beginning of the show at 10am. A major portion of the visitors was jobholders and former public sector employees who took advantage of a thin traffic due to the 48-hour shutdown.
The number of visitors at the fair in Dhaka and other divisional cities and some districts rose to 65,044 yesterday from 62,832 a day before.
The number of online registration for new TINs and re-registration for TINs also increased yesterday, according to the National Board of Revenue.
On the day, 14,794 returns were submitted, up from 11,649 on Tuesday, an NBR press statement said.
AL Mamoon, a joint commissioner (taxes) of the NBR, said people crowded the fair as if there was no shutdown.
“I came to the fair today as the crowd will be huge on Friday,??? said Md Rafiqul Islam, who drove his own car to the fair venue in Segun Bagicha, from Mirpur.
But he had to wait for hours to get his e-TIN because of a long queue.
“We have become used to hartal these days,??? said Rukhsana Jaman, who was accompanying her husband at the fair.

Star Business Report: http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/people-crowd-tax-fair-defying-shutdown/

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