Sri Lanka’s FIU and Inland Revenue to share info

Oct 25, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Central Bank says its Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Inland Revenue to exchange information on money laundering and terrorist financing.

The MoU will facilitate investigations and prosecutions in terms of the provisions of the Financial Transactions Reporting Act, No. 6 of 2006 (FTRA).

“Money laundering and terrorist financing are internationally and domestically connected financial crimes which could threaten the stability of global economic and financial system,” a statement said.

“With the increase of tax related crimes all over the world, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the international policy setter on AML/CFT, recommends countries to incorporate tax crimes as predicate offence to money laundering.”

In this background, domestic coordination and cooperation between the FIU and the Department of Inland Revenue would help strengthen existing AML mechanism in Sri Lanka in relation to tax evasion.

Kalyani Dahanayake, Commissioner General, Department of Inland Revenue and H. Amarathunga, Director, FIU signed the MOU on behalf of the respective institutions in the presence of Indrajit Coomaraswamy, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, who is also the Chairman of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) National Coordinating Committee.

The FIU has already entered into similar MOUs with Sri Lanka Customs and Department of Immigration and Emigration while arrangements are being made to sign MOUs with other relevant domestic government agencies for the above purpose soon.