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img 1Bangladesh as an emerging developing country is committed to augmenting revenue and achieving fiscal discipline with a view to increasing self- reliance. The Government has recently taken some administrative policy reform in the tax administration but it is not sufficient for pro-poor and sound tax policy system. A tax system must be economically efficient, inflicting as little damage as possible on the economy. But there are huge challenges in regard to achieve progressive tax system and ensure tax justice.Bangladesh as an emerging developing country is committed to augmenting revenue and achieving fiscal discipline with a view to increasing self- reliance. The Government has recently taken some administrative policy reform in the tax administration but it is not sufficient for pro-poor and sound tax policy system. A tax system must be economically efficient, inflicting as little damage as possible on the economy. But there are huge challenges in regard to achieve progressive tax system and ensure tax justice.
Considering these perspective SUPRO showed interest to work on a sound tax system to minimize minimum losses of the country and logically economic improvement of Pro-poor and Progressive Tax System in Bangladesh with their campaign network partners so that the agenda can bring positive changes for poor people and redressing regressive pressure of VAT. SUPROs Tax Justice campaign also very much adhere to achieve the relevant target of government Fifth Five Year Plan and SDGs agendas. 

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img 1SUPRO has organized a Press Conference on the eve of National Budget declaration for the financial year 2017-18 aims to Demand increasing budget to ensure Tax Justice, health, education and social protection for sustainable development on May 16, 2017 at Dhaka Reporters Unity Auditorium. The press conference was chaired by SUPRO’s Chairperson S.M. Harun Or Rashid Lal. The moderator of the press conference was M A Quader, General Secretary, SUPRO. Vice Chairperson of SUPRO Manju Rani Pramanik was read the key note paper of the press conference.

In the press conference, the speakers said, it is no doubt a laudable initiative taken by the government that the upcoming budget will give preference on direct tax collection for the revenue generation rather than indirect tax. But to achieve this target tax administration has to be more efficient and competent so that there will be less dependency on indirect tax instead of direct tax. To implement the new VAT effectively it needs anintegrated coordination between business people’s tax officials specially NBR. If the VAT law won’t implement properly the negative impact will be disastrous for the general consumers.

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img 1On 15 May 2017 a project briefing event was organized in SUPRO Secretariat to disseminate the campaign focus and expected outcome of the project within the members of National Committee of SUPRO.The project was briefly narrated in the event. All the project activities and implementation strategy was shared in the meeting. Oxfam representatives, district campaigners under SUPRO district council members, national council members, SUPRO Secretariat staffs were participated in the project briefing meeting. Total participants were 24, among them 6 female and 18 male. The event was chaired by Mr. S.M. Harun Or Rashid Lal, SUPRO Chairperson. The inaugural speech was delivered by M A Quader, General Secretary of SUPRO. An action plan was developed through the opinion of the participants.

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