Jyoti Dhakal, KATHMANDU:- After intense criticism from the private and public sector the Inland Revenue Department has extended the deadline for submission of tax details and tax. The deadline has been extended until June 29.
The private sector has condemned the government’s decision to set a deadline for forced filing of taxes at a time when government relief is needed to restore the industry and business that collapsed due to the COVID-19.
Most of the private sector industrialists and businessmen have urged the government to reverse the decision and announce government relief to restore the industry and business that collapsed due to COVID-19.
The private sector has protested against the directive given by he Inland Revenue Department to file taxes deadline by June 29.
Earlier, the Department had published a notice urging all tax payers to pay their dues by June 7. Following widespread objection and demand of the entrepreneurs, the Department issued a notice today extending the deadline.
The communications industrialist Bhaskar Raj Rajkarnikar says, ‘What is the government looking for? It is to pay taxes by doing business, not by selling property. It is private to take to the streets against this dictatorial decision
What is blocking the area? Now is not the time for the leadership of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry and entrepreneurs to fall asleep.’
In Birgunj, the ruling party’s Nepal Communist Party, (NCP) Municipal Committee has staged a half-naked protest in the streets against the Finance Minister. Even when it was raining, they took off their clothes and protested half-naked.
They carried playcard with slogans such as “People are hungry, stove is out”, Bank interest be waived, all taxes be waived, sinking finance minister is not needed.”
The youths, led by Nepal Communist Party, (NCP) Birgunj Metropolitan Committee Chairman Rahbar Ansari, accused the government of setting a time to pay taxes when the people were hungry.
Raju Patel says on his Facebook wall that he is protesting against the government’s decision, ‘After the government announced that we have to pay taxes during such an epidemic, when we Nepali people do not have enough money to eat, we are giving you our clothes, saying that the youth of Birgunj, including Rahbar Jew, took off their clothes and gave them to the Finance Minister.’
Remember that the ten years of Maoist war, political instability after that, continuous strikes and continuous lockdown after COVID have brought down Nepal’s industrial and business sector.
The government is expected to announce a special relief package in the wake of the collapse of Nepal’s industrial and business sector due to the continuous COVID-19 lockdown. But, after the government set a deadline for filing taxes, it has been widely criticized in the private sector and at the grassroots level.
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