Zulfikar Ali is the founder and CEO of BDTax, a digital tax processing platform based in Dhaka. Founded by Zulfikar Ali and Shah Rahman in 2017, BDTax started with an ambition to provide an easy online platform for taxpayers in Bangladesh to prepare and submit their returns. The current version of the platform allows taxpayers to prepare their return online, download it and then submit the return in their NBR tax circle or at the tax fairs. Currently, 35000 taxpayers use BDTax.com.bd platform to prepare their income tax returns.
We recently caught up with Mr. Ali over an email to discuss his winding path, how BDTax came into existence, what inspired him to embark on an entrepreneurial journey, his lessons from raising investment for BDTax, the state of BDTax’s business today and its ambition going forward, lessons he has learned from his journey so far, why perseverance is the common thread that connects stories of all entrepreneurs and much more.