Server glitch in Dhaka fair hampers registration
The weeklong Tax Fair for building mass awareness about paying taxes kicked off in seven divisional cities of the country on Monday.
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has organised the Tax Fair for the third year in a row, facilitating taxpayers with the option of on-the-spot e-TIN registration and re-registration.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith inaugurated the Tax Fair at the Officer’s Club in capital Dhaka.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister hoped the Tax Fair will contribute a lot towards encouraging the citizens, particularly the youth, to pay taxes. “The Fair will remind the citizens of their responsibility to pay tax,” he added.
NBR chairman Golam Hossain, in his address, sought cooperation of the media in promoting tax culture in the country.
Just hours after the inauguration, taxpayers, particularly the working men and women, began thronging the Officer’s Club premises in large numbers for the e-TIN registration and re-registration.
NBR has set up 109 booths to help the taxpayers with the services. However, due to weak response of the server, the officials failed to give the confirmation of the registration to the taxpayers as it had been promised earlier.
The taxpayers were requested to visit the Fair for a second day to complete the e-TIN registrations and re-registrations.
An official at the Tax Fair Secretariat, preferring anonymity, told UNB that the server was not functioning well.
“The NBR doesn’t have its own server. We’re using the NID server (the server of the national identity card and database) which is giving a very weak response. Hope, the problem will be solved by tomorrow,” the official said.
Apart from the Tax Fair in the capital, the week-long Tax Fair also began in six more divisional cities on Monday. The Tax Fair is also being organised in 54 districts for two days and for one day in the three hill districts from today.