Home / Front Page/ Inland Revenue Act to be approved subject to amendment: Dayasiri

Inland Revenue Act to be approved subject to amendment: Dayasiri


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Friday, 5 May 2017 00:00

Facebook

01Cautioning against the unchecked verbatim adoption of foreign legislation, a senior Minister yesterday said that the proposed Inland Revenue Act was approved by Cabinet subject to amendment.

Responding to questions raised at a forum held to obtain public opinion on international trade policy, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara said that the process of making amendments to the draft Act will need to be carried out in Parliament, after which further matters can be ironed out.

“This is why I say we can’t cut and paste these things from other countries,” he said. The controversial draft Act has been criticised by sections of the media as being a carbon copy, almost word for word, of the Inland Revenue Act of Ghana drafted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 

“This is a cut-and-paste thing. I have opposed this before. Some old white men from the IMF or the World Bank tell us that this should be Sri Lanka’s Inland Revenue Act. Don’t we have taxation experts of our own in Sri Lanka?” asked Jayasekara.

The draft reportedly includes provisions for the much-needed Capital Gains Tax and also seeks to remove excessive tax incentives and expand existing rules on sources of income. If passed, the Act will further empower the Inland Revenue Department.

The criticism, however, stems from the fact that the draft is reportedly a copy of the model proposed to Ghana by the IMF prepared with that country’s economic capacities in mind.

Regardless, the Act will likely be approved subject to amendment, going by Jayasekara’s comments.

The Minister was critical of politicians who he said were unable to take criticism. 

“It’s this inability to take criticism that has cost this country today,” he said.

These politicians, he charged, hold their views in high esteem. “Previous governments have been guilty of this. If this Government is also doing the same, the people will respond to that in due course,” he said.

“As politicians, let’s not be stubborn and let’s listen to what civil society organisations and professional bodies have to say and not try to teach them lessons. They may have their own political views, but we have to put the country first and listen to the experts in order to formulate policy that is favourable to the country,” he added.

 


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Tawheed is not a misdeed but dirtied by the extreme

Saturday, 25 May 2019

A singular and specific victim of the whole macabre incident of the 21 April Easter Sunday bombings by terrorists in Sri Lanka from a standpoint of Muslims was the maligning, tarnishing and distorting of a term indispensable, necessitous and fundamen


17 things ‘Avengers: Endgame’ teaches us about the state of our superheroes

Friday, 24 May 2019

Art imitates life. Even movies do. Maybe especially so. In these lean times, there’s nothing like a little laughter to stop the press, stem the blood pressure, ease that stress in life. So here goes. Trust you’ll take these tongue-in-cheek. Or pe


Sri Lanka needs urgent surgery!

Friday, 24 May 2019

Sri Lanka was on the slippery slope of a serious crisis, heading for a great disaster of the State, even before the outbreak of Easter Sunday attacks. Now, in the aftermath of the ruthless Easter Sunday attacks, the country’s crisis has become exac


Mangala, Monks, Mangala Sutta and Marx

Friday, 24 May 2019

In the Buddhist belief system, ‘Mangala’ means a ‘blessing’. In the abstract ‘Mangala’ denotes an ‘auspicious sign’. In the ‘Mangala Sutta’, the Buddha has enumerated 38 of the highest blessings that we must or should be guided b


Columnists More