Budget to fuel cost of doing business - Share market analysis of dhaka stock exchange, Bangladesh
Black
White

Send This Page To Friends and Colleagues

You can Enter more than one email separated by (,)
Allowed 100 characters only
11 June, 2018 09:25 AM Source: The Daily Star Bangladesh
leaders_of_ict-related_trade_bodies.jpg

Four ICT-related trade bodies yesterday termed the proposed budget unfriendly to internet-based businesses, saying it will increase the cost of doing business instead of helping them thrive.

The Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS), the Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS), the Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (ISPAB), and the Bangladesh Association of Call Centre and Outsourcing (BACCO) made the observations in a joint press conference at the National Press Club.

“The budget hasn't included any measure that will help the internet-based industry to grow further,” said Syed Almas Kabir, president of BASIS. He said the finance minister has proposed an increase in VAT and other duties for ICT-related businesses.

Even AMA Muhith proposed a cut in supplementary duties for imported software, whereas the local businesses have the ability to develop the same kind of software, he said.

The BASIS had sought the withdrawal of VAT on IT-enabled services, but the country's financial decision maker raised it to 5 percent from 4.5 percent. The association had also demanded a VAT cut on internet uses but it was not reflected in the budget.

“The government has awarded us tax holiday for up to 2024 but it is applicable only to income tax. We want a full VAT-free IT-enabled services business,” said Kabir.

He said the local businesses export software worth $800 million a year but they have not received that much support from the proposed budget.

The four trade bodies said the proposed reduction in customs duty on software imports from 25 percent to 5 percent will have a serious impact on the domestic software industry.

“If this customs duty is lowered, local software companies will become extinct,” Kabir said, adding that such measures should be applied only on operating systems, database, development tools and cybersecurity software as Bangladesh does not produce them at all.

BCS President Subrata Sarkar said customs duty on computer accessories went up by 11 percent. “But we had urged the government not to increase the customs duty.”

The BCS had also urged the government to keep the customs duty on instant power supply and uninterruptible power supply unchanged but it went up in different slabs, said Sarkar.

BACCO President Wahidur Rahman Sharif said IT and IT-enabled services export incentive should be increased to 30 percent from 10 percent now.

ISPAB President MA Hakim said about 22 percent tax has been imposed on internet modem and other equipment which will directly impact the cost of doing business.

The ISPAB had urged the government to include internet business in the IT-enabled services sector so that companies get more tax benefit -- a demand that was also ignored in the budget.

 

Add Comment | 0   comment

Readers Comment

Nothing found to display
page number 1

Add Comment

Please login first to comment Click here to login
Advanced Charts
Market Map
Real-Time Market Watch
Order Book Data
Stock Screener
LankaBangla Client Login
CSE iTrading
Trading Game
DSE iTrading

Stocks in Focus


Features for Registered Users

E-mail Alerts
Daily Newsletter
Your Watchlist
Advanced Tools
and
Many more

Will automatically display the last quotes you have visited here.

All Rights Reserved - DUInvest © 2013

Login

Do You have an Account ? , Click here to create a new account

Your Opinion Matters

What do you think about the new Website?