Respect Mr. Public Servant

Inland Revenue Department is being geared up to collect more taxes from next year. Inland Revenue Department is being geared up to collect more taxes from next year. The government is planning to increase tax collections by Rs. 69 billion next year or roughly three percent of GDP

The Department of Inland Revenue says they plan to make tax administration efficient and effective while closing tax loopholes and rationalizing generous concessions.

The Finance Secretary said the government’s new tax drive will not only collect more revenue but will also help regaining the lost dignity of public service.

“The public service has lost its respect,” P. B. Jayasundara, Treasury Secretary told at a post budget seminar last week.

Sri Lanka has one of the largest public sectors in the world. One out of every four people is employed by the public sector.

Critics say the bloated government service has low productivity due to politicisation and low salaries.

“I do not want to leave a public service tax free, humiliated and subject to political interference,” Jayasundara