Parvez said that in the current system, experienced people do not encourage others to pay tax due to the complexity of the system.

“If the government can create a friendly atmosphere, the number of taxpayers could reach 1.5 crore within a year and the budget deficit could be met from the revenue collections”, he said.

The BCI presented a number of demands and recommendations for incorporating in the national budget.

The demands include a 5-year tax holiday for young entrepreneurs, and then fixation of corporate tax for micro, cottage and small industries at 10-15 per cent, fixing the source tax at 0-3 per cent for import of raw materials, 2 per cent tax waiver for all green industries, fixing VAT at 10 per cent for import-substitute industries and tax-free income limit at Tk 500,000 for individual taxpayers.

Parvez also urged the government not to raise electricity and petroleum prices saying that if the cost of production goes up, it will impact on the production and finally production would decrease.

He observed that young entrepreneurs would not be benefited from the special fund formed by the government due to lack of specific policy guidelines in the national budget 2022-23.

“We urge the government to frame a policy guideline so that the young entrepreneurs can utilize the fund,” he said.

Parvez urged the government to rethink about a decision not to allow operation of business establishments including markets and shops after 8:00pm.

He said the businessmen could not do their business in last two years during the Eid. “So this year Eid is very important to them to do their business,” he said.

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