The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has decided to launch a drive to catch doctors who have submitted income tax returns hiding their actual income. Central Intelligence Cell (CIC) of the NBR has prepared a list of 537 doctors and collected their income tax file from the tax zones to which they belong. Bank accounts of 200 doctors have also been collected, sources confirmed this.
NBR's investigation has revealed that 90 percent of the specialist doctors dodge huge sums of taxes. The tax files of these doctors will be reviewed from 2007 and up to 30 percent penalties will be recovered from them. Tax evasion cases will also be filed against them. If necessary their bank accounts will be frozen for realisation of penalties.
An investigation of NBR revealed that a famous cardiac surgeon treats patients at three noted hospitals in the capital. On an average he leads cardiac surgery operations of five to seven complicated cardiac patients every day. His daily income through surgery is more than Tk 150,000 (one and a half lakh) excluding salary and consultancy fees. He gets monthly commission from different pathology centres too. That doctor earns at least Tk 225,000 per day. His monthly income ranges between Tk 60 and 75 lakh whereas he has shown his annual income as Tk 68 to 71 lakh. He has hid Tk eight crore worth of his annual income.
Those doctors whose daily income is Tk 50,000 or more are under surveillance of NBR.
NBR has prepared a list of 537 doctors of Dhaka, Chittagong, Jessore, Khulna, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Gazipur, Narayanganj and surrounding areas of Dhaka including Comilla. All of them offer their services in public and private hospitals, clinics or own chambers. In addition to salary they earn huge sums of money including commissions. But in their tax files they do not mention this extra income. Many mention only salary and allowances while submitting income tax return. NBR has information that in most of the cases instead of saving money or wealth in their own accounts, doctors save money in names of wives, sons, daughters or parents.
Primarily NBR has got bank accounts of 35 doctors who do not pay taxes properly. Initiatives are being taken to take necessary steps against thos.
Regarding this an official of CIC section of NBR told the Daily Observer "Specialist doctors do not show even 10 percent of their actual income. They submit return showing a small sum of income." If taxes can be realised from these doctors at proper rates more than a hundred crore taka worth of taxes will be realised, he said.