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22 February 2018 06:20 pm - 20     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Ministry of Public Administration and Management has in a circular increased tax concessions for State officials, Provincial officials and Courts officials when importing vehicles.

Earlier, these officials were allowed to import vehicles under three categories.

Under the first category, they were allowed to import a vehicle valued at a maximum of US$45,000. Under the second and the third categories, officials have been allowed to import vehicles with a maximum value of US$40,000 and US$35,000 respectively.

However, under the 2018 Budget, separate tax concessions were granted to the three categories.

Accordingly, tax concessions of Rs.9 million, Rs.7.5 million and Rs.6 million were granted when importing a vehicle under the three categories respectively. This budget proposal was never implemented.

Against this backdrop, the latest circular was issued by the Public Administration Ministry following discussions with the state officials.

After obtaining Treasury consent, the amount of tax concessions recommended by the Budget proposal had been increased.

Based on the new circular,tax concessions of Rs.22 million, Rs.16 million and Rs 12 million would be granted to the three categories respectively when importing a vehicle. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 20

  • R De Silva Thursday, 22 February 2018 06:52 PM

    This is ridiculous. When the government trying to attract FDIs to bridge the ever increasing debt, the state officials including the newly elected 8000 plus local government officials are in for a bonanza!!!. How does the government find the money to pay for this?? by taxing the masses who are not eligible for this bonanza!! shame on you to even think of such an act. You should really cancel what was proposed in the 2018 budge not increase the allowance. Good luck for the 2020 elections

    Jaliya Thursday, 22 February 2018 06:55 PM

    In 2015 we elected this Government to cut expenditure and government waste .... elected officials did not get the message or the way it was incorrectly interpreted as ....people have elected us and given a green signal to rob public funds and allow huge tax concessions to ourselves. At these massive tax breaks ...... we might as well buy them their dream car.

    Nihal Amarasekera Thursday, 22 February 2018 06:55 PM

    Burning issue.

    Buddhi Perera Thursday, 22 February 2018 06:58 PM

    Our government must be ruling a Developed country- not ours

    Udda Thursday, 22 February 2018 07:12 PM

    Since the permits are automatically sold, these millions are easy money. See how the politicos and officials fleece the foolish public.

    Ajja Thursday, 22 February 2018 07:21 PM

    This is very unfair decision as economy is run by private sector employees but concessions are given to government servants live on tax payers money. You will loss more votes in next election for sure

    sjj Friday, 23 February 2018 07:44 AM

    another cry baby lol!

    sam Thursday, 22 February 2018 07:37 PM

    It our money you are giving away for your populist politics. Shame shame shame, there is no hope for the common man in this country. They get huge cars, we get 3 Rs reduced from a kilo of samba.

    Sid Thursday, 22 February 2018 07:42 PM

    Vehicle importers get ready to rumble.

    Karu Thursday, 22 February 2018 07:42 PM

    But they say all citizens are equal as per the constitution. Free higher education, guaranteed job in the state sector and tax goodies. What a country to live in

    justica USA Thursday, 22 February 2018 07:46 PM

    These are NOT tax payers. NO concessions for businessmen who pay taxes.. Govt officials take home a paycheque without paying taxes. Businessmen are taxed in every form n then have to import a vehicle paying maximim is this fair?

    Alex Thursday, 22 February 2018 08:00 PM

    The Govt.has started again the serving its peers at a time when tabs for school children has been stopped.

    Nandun Thursday, 22 February 2018 08:34 PM

    Daylight robbery again!

    Udaya Thursday, 22 February 2018 08:55 PM

    After LG Election?? People are suffering for day today needs!!

    sam Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:29 PM

    Private sector is completely ignored and we will again see during presidential election.

    sanka Thursday, 22 February 2018 09:30 PM

    I really dont know where are these guys going to bring this country? Bunch of lawyers who became politicians, without having any knowledge about business, economics and finance, taking the decisions of the countries development and economy. This has happened before as well as its continuing further. Can we make a country like this even closer to Singapore standard?

    Ravi Friday, 23 February 2018 08:02 AM

    This is ridiculous indeed.What about the private sector employees who are contributing to the countries coffers so much?Really, we need some intelligent people to govern this country.

    Brainmaster Friday, 23 February 2018 11:49 AM

    They should cancel tax concessions and not increase them. what a stupidity Banana Republic pure. via DM Android App

    sena Friday, 23 February 2018 12:14 PM

    Country is carrying a mountain high debt ,what is the necessity to bring down so much of vehicles after spending so much of foreign currency,ignorant politicos

    chandra ratnam Friday, 23 February 2018 05:26 PM

    what about the majority of PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEES who are more productive than this so called govt. employees !!

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