CA Sri Lanka, Inland Revenue to further strengthen ties under new Commissioner General

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Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) President Arjuna Herath recently underscored the importance of a more proactive role between CA Sri Lanka and the Department of Inland Revenue, which will result in the further strengthening of the country’s tax framework and an improved relationship between the tax payer and the department.

Speaking at a felicitation ceremony organised to welcome the new Commissioner General of Inland RevenueKalyaniDahanayake, the President of CA Sri Lanka said: “We would like to see our rapportstrengthened further with Inland Revenue and if possible we would like to see representatives of the Inland Revenue in our committee structure, and similarly we will be happy to play a role in the activities of the department, as we believe that we understand the pulse of the taxpayers – andtherefore we can make a significant contribution to the department.”


CA Sri Lanka President Arjuna Herath presenting a memento to Inland RevenueCommissioner General KalyaniDahanayake. CA Sri Lanka Vice PresidentLasantha Wickramasinghe, CA Sri Lanka Faculty of


Emphasising his point further, Herath said that CA Sri Lanka members and practitioners were very close to the commercial world and the taxpayers and as they understood the taxpayer well, the institute could make a significant contribution to the policy making of the department.

“In that context we like to explore possibilities in going forward under your leadership as to how we canstrengthen the relationship between CA Sri Lanka and the Inland Revenue Department further,” he added.

Speaking at the event, Dahanayake expressed her agreement in the importance of developing a closer working relationship with members of CA Sri Lanka, as tax and accounting professionals can be resourceful as they help invigorate the tax industry.

“Accountants enhances the effectiveness of the governance process which in turn prevent manipulation, and that is why concept of auditing is so important and vital in this process,” she said, adding that the important service rendered by the tax and accounting professionals help bring in revenue to the country. She added that the services of these professionals were a requirement for a better tax structure in the country.

CA Sri Lanka Faculty of Taxation Chairman umindaHulangamuwaexpressed his confidence that Dahanayake would guide the department against any challenges and take it to greater heights.

“I am certain she will be instrumental in enhancing revenue collection, eliminating bias and ensuring an equitable tax administration, thereby guiding the department to greater heights as one of the most efficient and recognised departments in the country,” he addedTaxationChairmanumindaHulangamuwa and CEO Aruna Alwis are also present