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Social media operators including Google, Facebook, Yahoo required to submit an income tax return: HC




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Nov. 19, 2021, 7:59 p.m.


The High Court, in the full text of a verdict, observed that all social media operators, including Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo and Amazon, are required to register for value added tax (VAT) with the National Board of Revenue (NBR).

Operators are required to submit their income tax return to the BNR in accordance with the Income Tax Ordinance, 1984, also read the verdict.

But social media operators, including Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo, and Amazon, do not pay any type of tax and VAT on the income they earn from digital ads posted to their web pages from Bangladesh, although this is the just debt of the people of Bangladesh, according to the full text.

Following a lawsuit, High Court Judges Md Ashraful Kamal and Razik-Al-Jalil delivered a brief verdict on November 8, 2020, while the full text was released on Thursday on the court’s website. Supreme Court.

Citing the sighting, the High Court ordered the relevant government bodies to immediately take the necessary steps to collect taxes, VAT and / or other appropriate government charges on the income generated by internet companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon. , Yahoo, YouTube, etc. via digital advertisements published on their webpages from Bangladesh and on proceeds from the sale of domains and licenses by various companies / companies since 2007 and / or any other orders or orders placed.

The Finance Secretary, the Governor of the Bank of Bangladesh, the Chairman of the National Board of Revenue (NBR), the Legal Secretary, the Secretary of Posts and Telecommunications, the Chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and the secretary of information and communication technologies were asked to comply with the ordinance.

The BNR is further requested to submit a report to the court on their collection every six months.

The Brief Motion was filed in 2018 as a public interest litigation by six SC lawyers, including Mohammad Humaun Kabir Pallob, Mohammad Kawser, Mohammad Majedul Quader and Mohammad Sazzadul Islam.

As a result of the petition, the HC on April 12, 2018 ordered the government to collect appropriate taxes, VAT and other charges on revenues generated by various digital platforms such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Yahoo and YouTube.

In response to the petition, the tribunal also requested the government to form a special committee with the necessary technical know-how and expertise to assess the nature and volume of online financial transactions and the amount of payments received by individuals. Bangladeshi Internet giants and submit their reports to this Court.

The HC also issued a rule asking respondents to explain in four weeks why respondents should not be asked to take the necessary immediate steps to collect taxes, VAT and / or any other appropriate government charge on income earned by Internet companies via digital advertisements published on their web pages from Bangladesh and on proceeds from the sale of domains and licenses by various companies / companies since 2007.

Judges of Judge Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Judge Md Ashraful Kamal adopted the order and published the rule.

After the final hearing, the High Court declared the decision absolute.

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