Another big shuffle in the senior positions at the National Board of Revenue (NBR) is in the offing to infuse dynamism into the tax administration and boost up revenue collections in the current fiscal of 2014-2015.
In a recent shuffle, top executives in 30 out of 31 taxes zones were transferred. According to sources, NBR took up a roadmap for boosting revenue collection in the fiscal that concluded in last June. The officials who failed to achieve target are now being transferred and new efficient ones are being given the responsibilities.
The government set a target of realising Tk 149,720-crore revenue in the current fiscal year. The NBR transferred all those officials who failed to achieve the target of revenue collection in the first two months. Sources concerned have confirmed this.
The target of revenue collection in the last fiscal year was Tk. 125,000 crore. The target for the current fiscal year has been set by adding an amount of Tk. 24,720 crore to the outlay. The NBR has made a roadmap to realise an undeclared amount of Tk. 30,000 crore.
There has been a slow pace in tax collection in the current fiscal year. Against a target of Tk. 149,720 crore, tax revenue of Tk 16,865crore has been deposited in the public exchequer in the first two months of the current fiscal year.
Meanwhile, changes have also been made to the additional secretary level. Process for transferring more officials is going on. Changes are being made to the Customs and VAT divisions too. To detect evasions by big tax payers, changes have also been brought to CIC (central intelligence cell).
A member of the tax administration division said, "To achieve target of tax collection various types of planning are being made. Necessary programmes have been taken up for this. Changes were planned earlier but that could not be done because of the income tax fair. If necessary the NBR Chairman who is the overall in-charge of the revenue administration will make more reshuffle."
Through a recent order issued by NBR Chairman Golam Hossain, the member of income tax sub- division Lokman Chowdhury has been given the charge of tax survey and inspection. Mir Mostaq Ali, Abdur Razzaq, Chowdhury Amir Hossain and Parvez Iqbal have been made members of Information Management and Service, Audit Intelligence and Investigation, International Taxes and Tax Policy Divisions respectively. Tax Commissioner Mohammad Belaluddin has been made the Director General of CIC.
Because of changes in top tax administration fear of transfer among field level officials has increased. By now tax officials have started lobbying to stop transfer.
NBR is planning to make changes in several steps. All changes will be completed by November so that new executives can start work to achieve targets. Changes in the posts of Additional Commissioner, Joint Commissioner, Deputy Tax Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner will be made. Because of this tax officials remaining in the same office for long have been worried. Many executives are scared of getting transferred outside Dhaka.
In a gazette notification of the NBR on Monday, 30 officials were transferred. Large tax unit Commissioner Sanjit Kumar Biswas has been transferred and given the charge of Tax Appellate Tribunal. This field level tax office collects one- third of tax revenue. All the files of big companies of the country are in the LTU. In the last fiscal year this unit could not fulfil the target with which NBR executives were unhappy. Regarding this one executive said, "In the last fiscal year I fulfilled target somehow. Still I have been transferred. Top level officials will be able to say best about the matter."
A Tax Commissioner outside the capital said, "A large part of revenue is collected from a few taxes zones. Only they get promotion and other facilities. Most taxes zones beyond Dhaka and Chittagong are neglected. There are no good technical assistance and manpower facilities in those zones. Everybody wants to get posted at important taxes zones in Dhaka. Allegations of indulging in corrupt practices have been raised against a number of officials who are staying in a same place years after years.