Rumi Akter Polly of DOT
 The High Court has issued a rule that internet-based social media, e-commerce and other web platforms providing such services like Facebook, Google and Amazon now have to pay VAT and tax for continuing their activities, reports somoynews.tv. Yesterday a High Court dual bench of Justice Md. Ashraful Kamal and Justice Rajik Al Jalil passed the verdict after a final hearing of the writ petition filed in the public interest, reports banglanews24.com.At the same time, the court also gave 5-point instructions in this regard. In the first phase of the five-point directive of the court, it was said that all the internet service providers should immediately collect all kinds of taxes, VAT and other revenue from the paid money as per the prevailing law of Bangladesh. Relevant government departments including National Board of Revenue, Bangladesh Bank, BTRC have been asked to implement the order.
In the second phase of the directive, Internet-based companies will have to collect arrears of revenue from Bangladesh in proportion to the amount paid in the last five years.
In the third phase, the National Board of Revenue will submit a progress report in the form of an affidavit every six months on the collection of such revenue.
In the fourth instance, the court said the judgment would remain in force as an ongoing order or a continuous mandate.
In the last phase of the directive, if there is any deviation in the implementation of this judgment, any citizen of Bangladesh can file an application in the court at any time and seek redressal.