PM urges all to pay tax to meet budget deficit

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 14 Jul 2017, 01:20:59
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PM urges all to pay tax to meet budget deficit



Stating that the postponement of uniform VAT will cut Taka 200 billion (20,000 crore) in revenue, Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina urged the countrymen on Thursday to pay tax for overcoming the budget deficit and further development the country. "The revenue amounting to Tk 20,000 crore (200 billion) will be decreased due to postponement of uniform 15 per cent value added tax (VAT). We will see where and how it can be adjusted ... but I would like to tell the people that if all pay tax then it will be utilised for the development," she said. The prime minister was delivering her valedictory speech in the 16th session of the 10th Parliament with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury presiding. Sheikh Hasina said if the people pay little tax, then they will get many facilities. "It will be utilised for development of roads and bridges as well as production of crops and electricity ... the people will be benefited from all sides," she said.    —BSS
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