Supreme court says “No” to new income tax act


Aug 04, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s parliament was told that parts of the proposed new Inland Revenue bill is not consistent with the islands constitution.

The Speaker informed Parliament, Friday, that some of the provisions need a referendum vote to be approved by parliament.

“And some of the others clauses need a two-thirds majority to pass in parliament.”

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said last month that he is expecting to present the new act to parliament in August and and have it implemented by the next tax year.

Through the new act Sri Lanka wants to widen the tax net and in the next 2-3 years our aim is to increase the direct tax component and reduce the indirect taxpayers.

However, many stakeholders had raised concern over several issues with regard to the act and were in discussion with the government.