Category: Bangladesh

VAT on online purchase must if not paid by cos during sourcing: NBR

Value-added tax on online purchase of goods and services will be applicable if the e-commerce company concerned collects those from the original suppliers and manufacturers without paying VAT, according to the National Board of Revenue. ‘There will be no VAT on online purchase of any goods and services if the… – Continue reading

Tax on reserve to hit cos’ business expansion: ICAB

The imposition of 15 per cent tax on reserve and retained earnings of listed companies will reduce capital and expansion scope of the companies, said the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh on Saturday. The ICAB made the statement in its post-budget review. Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal placed the… – Continue reading

NBR building up profiles of MNCs

National Board of Revenue is building up profiles of the multinational companies operating in the country for the purpose of conducting audits on the MNCs’ accounts to prevent tax evasion through misuse of transfer pricing system. Transfer Pricing Cell (TPC) of NBR is also conducting risk assessment of the companies’… – Continue reading

NBR for 30pc job quota for Bangladeshis

The National Board of Revenue recommended that the proposed guidelines on local entrepreneurs’ overseas investment should include provisions that the interested businesses have no overdue taxes in Bangladesh and have to employ minimum 30 per cent Bangladeshis in overseas projects. The NBR made the suggestions in its observations sent last… – Continue reading

Kamal says fully foreign-owned cos no more to be allowed

Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has said that the foreign companies will be required to have local partners for doing business in Bangladesh as the government wants to bring them under the tax net. ‘No foreign company can do business alone here any longer,’ he told reporters on Thursday after… – Continue reading

NBR to set up tax unit for foreign cos

National Board of Revenue has decided to set up a separate unit to handle income tax files of foreign companies operating in Bangladesh. The decision was taken responding to a proposal of the European Union for establishing a separate NBR unit for providing hassle-free services to foreign taxpayers. EU came… – Continue reading

Indian high commission seeks solution to tax-related problems

Indian high commission in Dhaka has requested different Bangladesh government agencies including National Board of Revenue to solve a number of tax-related ‘problems’ Indian chief executive officers-managed multinational companies are facing in the country. In a letter to NBR sent on September 10, the high commission said that Indian CEOs… – Continue reading

What offshore banking does

Offshore banking can play a crucial role, internationally and domestically The concept of offshore banking in Bangladesh is not new, and is getting very popular to among business-people in Bangladesh due to its overwhelming capacity to unlock the international financial settlement. Offshore banking, by its name and structure, can play… – Continue reading

NBR’s transfer pricing cell remains ineffective for 5yrs

Transfer pricing cell of National Board of Revenue has remained nearly dysfunctional since its formation five years back due mainly to lack of logistic support, expert and dedicated manpower and propelling initiative of the tax authorities. The cell even could not conduct audit on any statement of international transactions of… – Continue reading

Ensure foreign taxpayers have NBR certificates before allowing DTAA benefits

Bangladesh Bank on Monday asked all banks to ensure that foreigners have clearance certificates from the National Board of Revenue before allowing them tax benefits under double taxation avoidance agreement. Foreign Currency Policy Department of the central bank in a letter to the head offices of approved dealer banks suggested… – Continue reading

NBR nod must for banks to offer double taxation avoidance benefit

National Board of Revenue has asked all banks not to allow double taxation avoidance benefits to any non-resident taxpayers without NBR certificate. International taxation wing of the revenue board has also requested Bangladesh Bank for taking necessary measures so that banks follow the directives. International tax wing of NBR on… – Continue reading

ACC sets June 30 deadline to complete probes into Panama, Paradise Paper leaks

Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Iqbal Mahmood on Wednesday ordered all ACC officials to complete enquiries by June 30 against individuals or entities whose names have been appeared in Panama Paper and Paradise Paper leaks. He made the order in an urgent meeting with the secretary, all director generals, and directors of… – Continue reading

Legal notice seeking action against Google, YouTube, Facebook for ‘tax evasion’

The lawyers want the global companies to send back 10 years of unpaid taxes to Bangladesh A group of lawyers have sent a legal notice to Google, Facebook, Yahoo and YouTube, as well as several government bodies, seeking action against ‘tax evasion’ by these companies. Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Humayun… – Continue reading

Bangladesh, Morocco sign deal on avoidance of double taxation

In a meeting, both sides agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the areas of economic development, trade and investment, agriculture and tourism cooperation Bangladesh and Morocco have signed an agreement on avoidance of double taxation and a protocol on Foreign Office Consultations. The two instruments were signed by Foreign Minister… – Continue reading

NA passes Bhutan-Bangladesh double tax avoidance agreement

The National Assembly endorsed the double taxation avoidance agreement between Bhutan and Bangladesh yesterday. Signed during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Bhutan in April 2017, the agreement plans to do away with double taxation of incomes between the two countries. In the presence of 38 MPs,… – Continue reading

Bangladesh Cracking Down On Tax-Evading Foreign Workers

Bangladesh’s National Board of Revenue (NBR) is clamping down on foreign workers failing to declare their earnings in the country. Earlier companies were encouraged to report details of foreigners they have on their payroll to the Bangladesh Investment Developments Authority (BIDA), as currently required by law. Foreign individuals should pay… – Continue reading

IRD moves to audit maximum 25,000 income tax files to detect evasion

The Internal Resources Division (IRD) has issued a directive to audit maximum 25,000 income tax files of both individuals and corporate taxpayers to detect tax evasion and concealment of actual income, officials said. The income tax authority has received the directive from the IRD not to exceed this number of… – Continue reading

Withholding tax returns come under crosscheck

Revenue appraisers began crosschecking the withholding tax returns from some companies to determine propriety of the pay disbursed to their foreign and local employees and consultants. In recent times, the submitted accounts on the pay-as-you-earn tax of some multinational companies (MNCs) and domestic firms have been under surveillance of the… – Continue reading

Foreigners’ databank soon to track tax evasion

Foreigners will come under a coordinated databank just after arrival so they could be traced until checkout and tax evasion by any of them prevented, officials said. They said a databank having networking with relevant nodal points would be developed under the National Board of Revenue (NBR). The NBR recently… – Continue reading

‘Scrutiny assessment’ of tax returns to begin soon

The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has issued a guideline asking its income tax offices across the country to start ‘scrutiny assessment’ of the tax returns submitted for the tax year 2015-16. As per the guideline, the taxmen have to complete the scrutiny assessment known as ‘return process’ by December… – Continue reading

Taskforce to hunt tax evading foreigners

The government has decided to form a taskforce involving government and private sector stakeholders to bring the tax-evading unauthorised foreigners under the tax radar. An inter-ministerial meeting has already been held recently to discuss about the formation a high-powered taskforce that will enhance monitoring on the unauthorised foreigners for realising… – Continue reading

MoU signed with BD, Bahrain

Bangladesh and Bahrain have signed three instruments in Manama to further strengthen cooperation in various fields between the two countries. The instruments are Agreement on the Reciprocal Protection and Promotion of Investment, Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation and a MoU on Foreign Office Consultations. The first two instruments… – Continue reading

Out of Bangladesh

According to a research report titled “Illegal Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2004-2013”, recently published by the Washington based research institute Global Financial Integrity (GFI), Bangladesh stands 26th in the list of 149 developing nations, in terms of flight of capital including money laundering (The Daily Star, December 10, 2015)…. – Continue reading

‘Tax rules worsen business climate’

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank says tax regulations in Pakistan are frequently altered, and unpredictable tax rules worsen the business climate and may deter potential investment. The report “Towards a more friendly tax regime: Key challenges in South Asia,” points out that South Asia’s tax regulations are complex and difficult to… – Continue reading

Double taxation avoidance

India and Korea on December 9 agreed to suspend collection of taxes during the pendency of Mutual Agreement Procedure (MAP). This MoU will relieve the burden of double taxation for the taxpayer in both the countries. Two days later, India and Japan signed a protocol for amending the existing convention,… – Continue reading

AB Bank, SIBL tender unconditional apology to BB for irregularities in buyer’s credit

AB Bank Limited and Social Islami Bank Limited (SIBL) have tendered their “unconditional apology” after a Bangladesh Bank (BB) investigation revealed irregularities in buyer’s credit issued to some business houses by their offshore banking units. It was found that some debtors had shirked loan repayment, while yet others had utilised… – Continue reading

Transfer pricing and arm’s length principle

The dramatic expansion of international trade and development of new business strategies due to globalisation, converted the world into a large global market. In connection with that, companies have been using complex networks of subsidiaries and branches (e.g. permanent establishments) in order to continue most of their operations. The Multinational… – Continue reading

Taka continues to fall against dollar

The taka has continued to fall against the dollar for two weeks now after nearly one year of an unchanged exchange rate, according to data from the Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers’ Association. “Market forces are determining the exchange rate,” said Kazi Sayedur Rahman, general manager of Bangladesh Bank’s foreign exchange… – Continue reading

Dhaka, Thimphu in talks to sign double taxation avoidance deal

Staff Correspondent The National Board of Revenue on Monday started negotiations with Bhutan to sign an agreement on avoidance of double taxation and prevention of tax evasion and capital flight from the country. A five-member delegation led by NBR chairman Md Nojibur Rahman has been carrying out the first round… – Continue reading

NBR to sign deal with Bhutan to avoid double taxation

Bangladesh is set to sign an agreement with Bhutan to avoid double taxation to boost investments, trade and facilitate information exchange between the two Saarc nations, the National Board of Revenue said in a statement. A team led by NBR Chairman Md Nojibur Rahman is now in Thimpu to take… – Continue reading

Transfer Pricing Cell swings into action

The tax authority has moved to compile a statement of international transaction (SIT) for the first time by collecting details of all of the cross-border financial transactions conducted by the taxpayers across the country. The Income Tax wing under the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has taken the initiative to… – Continue reading

Political courage needed on tackling inequality

Government must make good on its vows, says Jamie Livingstone In less than two weeks, leaders from 193 states will meet at the United Nations in New York to formally adopt, in effect, a new plan to fight extreme poverty, tackle inequality and end hunger. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)… – Continue reading

Government decides to revise convention of double taxation

Pakistan has decided to revise obsolete convention of double taxation and provision of fiscal evasion convention with the United State of America (USA) aimed at bringing the treaty at par with neighbouring countries, well informed sources told Business Recorder. Pakistan and US signed a convention on the avoidance of double… – Continue reading

Bangladesh’s central bank asks Finance Institutions to tighten money laundering rules

Bangladesh’s central bank asks Finance Institutions to tighten money laundering rules DHAKA, July 1 (Xinhua)–Bangladesh’s central bank on Wednesday issued a circular asking all financial institutions(FIs) to follow the anti-monetary laundering and terrorist financing rules strictly. “There is no big change in the latest circular, it has just consolidated all… – Continue reading

Central bank agrees to weigh forex rules bending

Bangladesh Bank will take all possible measures to liberalise country’s foreign-exchange rules and regulations for attracting foreign investors to a number of proposed economic zones. The decision was taken at a meeting between the central bank and the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZA) at the BB headquarters Tuesday. Presided over… – Continue reading

FICCI statement

The Foreign Investors’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) has objected to a news item headlined “Tax theft by MNCs: Call to enforce transfer price rules” published in Sunday’s issue of The Financial Express. In a statement, the chamber said the shoulder “Tax theft by MNCs” and the reporter’s remarks… – Continue reading