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Khulna Packaging owes NBR Tk 372cr in dodged taxes

Published : Saturday, 22 October, 2016 at 12:00 AM  Count : 617
Moshiur Ahmed Masum

Khulna Packaging and Printing Ltd (KPPL), a Khulna based packaging and printing company, is still ignoring to pay Tk 372 crore of tax to the national exchequer though the revenue authority has issued several notices in this regard, said officials.
The officials said National Board of Revenue (NBR) has issued at least three notices in last couple of months for paying the dues but the KPPL authorities have not yet deposited the money.
According to the received demand letter by KPPL, the deadline of paying tax was expired on October 15, which was issued on October 6, saying that "The KPPL is asked to pay the dues to the economic code of Mongla Custom House, Khulna within seven working days.
Otherwise the revenue authority will take such actions like frizzing Business Identification number (BIN) of the KPPL and other punishable action under customs act."
Dr. Md. Al Amin Pramanik, commissioner, Mongla Custom House, Khulna said they noticed the KPPL several times to pay the amount but he is not still aware of any replay by the company against the notice.
The commissioner told the Daily Observer on Tuesday that if they don't agree to pay the dues in time then we have to take actions against them though the procedure is time-consuming.
According to the source, the NBR's Mongla Custom House, Khulna claimed Tk 371.44 crore out of which Tk 271. 72 crore is evaded by importing goods worth Tk 700 crore under bond facilities and selling those on the open market.
The rest of the money Tk 80 crore fine imposed under section 156 (1) of clause 1 and 90 of customs act, 1969. Tk 20 crore imposed redemption fine under section 181 of customs act, 1969 in lieu of confiscate of those goods which was imported under bond facilities.
SM Amajad Hossain, chairman of the KPPL, could not be reached though the correspondent attempted several times to reach him over phone.  
Earlier in an investigation report the NBR found that in fiscal year 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15 the KPPL evaded huge duty amounting to Tk 272 crore by breaking bond condition and misusing bond facilitice like selling imported goods on the open market.  
The probe report has seen that M/S the KPPL committed various irregularities, including dodging import duty by bringing goods under bond facilities furnishing false statements and selling those on the open market. The imported items included duplex board, printing paper, art paper and other materials.
After that the NBR issued demand to deposit the amount to the national exchequer. On August 26 last year, Mongla customs house suspended KPPL's bond licence and BIN and stopped the unloading of its goods imported through letters of credit for some irregularities.

But the KPPL Chairman SM Amjad submitted the writ petition, saying that Mongla customs house took the steps without issuing any show cause notice on them.
On January 27 the High Court directed to Mongla customs house to allow Khulna Printing and Packaging Ltd (KPPL) unload the company's imported goods in 15 days and also declared suspension of the bond licence and business identification number (BIN) of KPPL illegal.   
It may be mentioned that the establishment is located at Birshrestha Shaheed Ruhul Amin Road at Rupshah in Khulna.
The VAT registration number of the firm is 15021040745, bond license number 01/ Khulna Printing and Packaging /Supervised bond/ Mongla/ 2000, dated 29-11-2000. SM Amajad Hossain is the chairman of the establishment.

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