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Tax-free income limit likely to be Tk2.5 lakh in FY16 n Asif Showkat Kallol

Sabikunnahar and her mother, Rokeya Begum who sustained 17% and 7% burns, respectively, were admitted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital RAJIB DHAR


Daughter risks losing eye, mother’s face burnt n Mohammad Jamil Khan After experiencing a bitter divorce for refusing to pay dowry, Sabikunnahar returned to her father’s house, hoping to start a new life. On Friday night, the 25-year-old was talking to her mother, Rokeya Begum, 45, in the house at Charmandalia village of Monohardi upazila in Narsingdi when someone threw acid through the window. They both came out of the house and noticed Sabikunnahar’s former husband, Md Daulat Mia, running away along with four others. The two, with the mother and the daughter sustaining 7% and 17% burn injuries respectively, were rushed to a nearby clinic but were shifted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday morning as their condition deteriorated. Professor Sazzad Hossain, a doctor of the burn unit, told the Dhaka Tribune Sabikunnahar and Rokeya Begum were out of danger but the daughter’s eyes were affected and she might never be able to see with her left eye again. “We are trying our best to save her eyes,” he added. Sabikunnahar, daughter of farmer Abdul Manna, tied the knot with neighbour Mohammad’s son Daulat eight years ago. But Daulat, who was a small trader at the time of marriage, incurred losses in business just after a year and began demanding dowry from his wife. Sabikunnahar thought her husband would

The government is likely to increase the thresholds of tax-free income for individual taxpayers, women, aged people, physically challenged and wounded freedom fighters in the upcoming fiscal year, official sources said. Individual tax-free income threshold may be raised to Tk2.5 lakh from existing Tk2.2 lakh. For women and aged people (65 years and above), the limit will be increased to Tk3 lakh from Tk2.7 lakh. For the physically-challenged, it will be Tk3.75 lakh instead of Tk3.5 lakh. For wounded freedom fighters, the threshold proposed will be Tk4.25 lakh instead of Tk4 lakh. The upcoming budget may extend tax holiday benefits for some industries and propose 5-year tax exemption for handicraft exporters. Tax holiday for IT-enabled services like software making and e-commerce will be extended. Investors will get 10-year tax holiday and developers 12-year as incentive if they invest in the economic zones. They might also get some customs and VAT-related policy benefits.

Corporate tax for non-listed companies may remain unchanged at 35%. But tax may be imposed on public servants’ allowances as they may get a 100% salary hike this year. Finance Minister AMA Muhith has finalised these fiscal measures following directives from Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina, a Finance Division official said. Sources said corporate tax for listed companies may come down to 25% from 27.5%. Banks, insurers and non-banking financial institutions will have to pay 40% instead of 42.5%. The finance minister will also tell about introducing a new VAT law and announce bringing most of the earning people under the tax net. There may be also proposals for hiking minimum tax for individual taxpayers in the city corporations and municipalities. Tax to increase to Tk4,000 from Tk3,000 in the city corporation areas; for municipalities, it would be Tk3,000 rather than Tk2,000. In other areas across the country the tax would be raised to Tk2,000 from the existing Tk1,000. l

have mercy on her because she had just given birth to her first child, Joy. But that did not solve the problem and Daulat divorced her but kept Joy. The family of Sabikunnahar, after a long wait, finally decided to marry her off again. Meanwhile, Rokeya, from her maternal side, inherited some properties and Daulat, after hearing that, proposed to take Sabikunnahar back. But the divorcee said she would only return if Daulat married her again, with Daulat’s family disapproving of the condition. The family also made false statements to people who came to Sabikunnahar’s house to see her as a potential bride. “When they understood that there was no other way to harass us, they chose to throw acid on my daughter. My elder brother’s wife also helped them in the act because she developed greed for my property,” Rokeya told the Dhaka Tribune, lying on a hospital bed. Abidur Rahman Manjid, another brother of Rokeya, said a complaint had been lodged with Monohardi police station against Daulat and his father Mohammad. “We have also accused our elder brother’s wife Parina Begum and her relative Rabia Akther for the acid attack.” SM Alamgir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Monohardi police station, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday police had visited the victims in the hospital to record their statements. “We are now searching for Daulat and the others named in the complaint. Hopefully, they all will be arrested soon,” he added. l

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