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With a view to rendering services at the door steps of citizens, the National Board of Revenue formed a Digital Core Committee to conceptualize and prioritize digital Initiatives for implementation.

National Board of Revenue (NBR)

NBR is the apex organization responsible for collection of all Tax revenue on behalf of the Republic. It is formed under President’s Order No. 76 of 1972. The Board consists of members from Taxation and Customs, Excise and VAT cadres. Secretary, IRD, is the ex officio Chairman of NBR.

The Committee envisaged a good number of digitization initiatives following the action focus set forth in the National ICT policy 2009. With the objective of partial fulfillment of action item-62 of ICT policy 2009, e-Payment of NBR Taxes was undertaken.

Following the functional guidelines from Access to Information (A2i) Program of the Prime Minister's Office to ensure citizen-centric digital services and with active support of the Finance Division, Ministry of Finance, Bangladesh Bank and CGA Office - NBR signed a tripartite agreement with Sonali Bank Ltd. and Qcash to materialize the e-Payment of taxes initiative. Thus the NBR - Sonali Bank e-Payment System's foundation has been laid.

In less than a year, the system was integrated with different IT systems in order to make e-payment service available to the citizens. In addition to the NBR portal, the system is integrated with Sonali Bank (the settlement bank), Q-Cash (electronic payment processor), Customs database and iBAS (Integrated Budgeting and Accounting System) of the Office of CGA under the Ministry of Finance. e-Payment of taxes is a unique initiative in terms of its characteristics since for the first time in Bangladesh it coordinated and integrated at least four different systems in order to make available a single service to the citizens. NBR is proud to confirm that the entire initiative including the analysis, design, development and testing was successfully implemented entirely by Bangladeshi professionals. In addition to the domain experts and designers of NBR, two Bangladeshi IT companies DataSoft Systems Bangladesh Ltd. and TechnoVista Ltd. worked together to develop the required applications including the middleware in order to implement the System. The International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank group actively supported the initiative all throughout.

Deeply appreciated are the contributions of Mr. Kanon Kumar Roy, Md. Meftha Uddin Khan, Mr Apurba Kanti Das, Sayed Musfequr Rahman, Mr. Zakir Hossain, of NBR.

Our thanks go out to Mr. Sahid Hossain, Mr. A.S.M Rafiqul Islam, and Mr. Billal Hossain of Sonali Bank, Dr. Kazi S Munir, Mr. Ahsanullah chowdhury, Mr. Osman Haider and Mr.Tariqul Basher and A.K.M Khurshed Ullah of Q cash, Mr. Mohammad Muslim Chowdhury and Mr. Md. Zainal Abedin of DMTBF project of the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Mahbubuzzaman , M Manjur Mahmud and Ashiqul Islam Akhand (Mithu) and Kazi Maksudur Rahman of DataSoft Systems Bangladesh Ltd . Thanks are due to Mr. Tarik Hasan Shomi, Mr. Raihan Amin (Adnan) and Mr. Aminur Rahman Mukul from branding and communication partner, Unitrend Ltd.

NBR acknowledges the great support of Mr Md. Nazrul Islam Khan NPD and Mr Anir Chowdhury Policy Adviser to A2I program of the Prime Minister's Office who actually prevented the premature death of the initiative with their courageous decision and facilitated the implantation of the initiative.