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Tax fair pulls crowds, but tech glitch sours mood

People crowd the tax fair organised by the National Board of Revenue at the Officers’ Club in Dhaka yesterday. Photo:Star

People crowd the tax fair organised by the National Board of Revenue at the Officers’ Club in Dhaka yesterday. Photo:Star

Sohel Parvez and Gazi Towhid Ahmed

The countrywide tax fair that began yesterday saw a huge turnout, but a technical glitch prevented many visitors from collecting their TINs online.
The National Board of Revenue organised the weeklong show in Dhaka and other divisional cities to give a boost to its electronic tax payment system and thus raise collection.

But the tax administrator was facing troubles in connecting to the national identity card database of the Election Commission. Some details of the national ID ca

Tax fair pulls crowds, but tech glitch sours mood

ere asked to provide their details manually.
However, some came out successful in their bids, and the tax administrator in the evening said the system will run in full swing from today.
At the Dhaka fair at Officers’ Club, the revenue authority dedicated 44 booths out of 186 to online TIN registration.
At the fair, taxmen were seen receiving forms from the visitors and asking them to come again to the fair to get TIN certificates.
Before visiting the fair, Amir Hossain, a small business, tried at home to get e-TIN, which all the existing and new taxpayers will have to take before December 31.
Failing to do so, Hossain came to the fair in the afternoon. But he was asked to come the following day to collect his TIN certificate. “This is a very bad experience,??? said Sohrab Hossain, another businessman.

rds were required to issue taxpayer’s identification numbers (TINs).
Many of the TIN-seekers who visited the fair to get tax-related assistances w

“There has been a lot of campaign and we were told that assistance will be given at the fair in getting TINs online. But now they (the NBR men) say the server is down,??? Hossain said.

Abdur Rouf, an engineer from the Power Development Board, left the fair angrily after he was told that the server was not working.

 

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