Scope of whitenig black money injustice to honest tax payers: CPD



Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), country’s leading think tank, has said that it is injustice to the honest tax payers for keeping provision of whitening of black money in the proposed national budget for the FY 2020-21.

The think tank came up with  the observation at a virtual press briefing on the proposed FY2020-21 national budget on Friday.
“Every year, an opportunity is givDr Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director, en to whiten the undisclosed money at a discounte rate. Black money can be whiten paying 10 percent tax,” said Dr Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director, CPD in the online briefing.
Meanwhile, terming the proposed budget traditional, the think tank said alleviating poverty, discrimination and creating employment should have been given priority in the budget instead of GDP growth, reports UNB.
 “We should give the highest priority to lives and livelihood of people. We have to spend more to tackle the coronavirus situation. But there is a doubt over revenue collection by NBR,” said Dr Fahmida Khatun.

She also that the budget is traditional and doesn’t have guidelines to address different  issues caused by coronavirus outbreak .

CPD on Thursday said the proposed budget for 2020-21 was announced with a ‘weak structure’ as resource collection target in the budget is not realistic amid the existing situation of Covid-19.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal placed the proposed budget of Tk 568,000 crore in Parliament on Thursday.

The revenue collection target has been set at Tk378,000 crore. Of the amount, NBR has been tasked with realising a revenue collection target of Tk330,000 crore, The non-NBR revenue collection target is Tk15,000 crore, while the non-tax revenue collection goal is Tk33,000 crore.

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