No good news for individual taxpayers
There is nothing new for individual taxpayers in the upcoming fiscal as the Finance Minister opted to stick to his previous stance.
In developed countries, tax exemption threshold is generally less than 25 percent of per capita GDP, and in developing countries it is mostly equal to per capita GDP, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith in his budget speech today.
General tax exemption threshold for the current fiscal year was Tk 250,000. The threshold was higher for female and other special classes of taxpayers.
The Finance Minister said the increase in tax exemption threshold puts a significant number of taxpayers out of the tax net.
"Considering all this, I propose that the tax exemption threshold and tax rate be remained unchanged for the next year except that the threshold for a parent or guardian of a person with disability will be higher by Tk 50,000 for each of such child or dependent."