The National Board of Revenue yesterday honoured Kaus Mia as the best taxpayer of Mujib Borsho for his exemplary commitment to depositing the right amount of tax to the public coffers.
Kaus, a 90-year-old businessman from Old Dhaka, has been paying taxes since 1958.
He has been topping the list of highest taxpayers in the country since the tax authority introduced tax cards in fiscal 2010-11 in a bid to motivate people and create a culture of tax compliance in the country which still has one of the lowest tax-GDP ratio in South Asia.
The NBR has honoured Kaus with 14 awards over the years and his family got recognition as Kar Bahadur Paribar in fiscal 2016-17.
Born in August 1931 in Chandpur, Kaus began his journey as a businessman in his adolescence. He started as an agent of biscuits, soap and cigarettes of 18 brands. He is now involved in 40 types of businesses.
He was awarded as the highest taxpayer in businessmen category in fiscal 2019-20.
"I had never been so delighted like I am today in my 71-year career as a businessman," said Kaus after receiving a crest, a written felicitation and flowers from NBR Chairman Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem at a ceremony at the NBR headquarters in the capital.
He said he never took loans from banks for his businesses.
Muneem said Kaus pays taxes out of his sense of responsibility and commitment.