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President says MPs received honorariums

31 May 2018 09:17 am - 22     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have said at the Cabinet meeting yesterday that the payments made to the Ministers and MPs amounted to be honorariums, and therefore they could not be considered for taxation.

The President reportedly said the MPs had an honorific before their names, and therefore, what they drew from the State could not be seen as salaries but as honorariums.

Honorariums are payments given for professional services that are rendered nominally without charge.

The President made these remarks in the event of some Ministers complaining earlier that they had been made heavily liable for the PAYE Tax (Pay As You Earn Tax). (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 22

  • Dev Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:21 AM

    Leaders should lead by example. This is not the way to create a tax culture within citizen.

    Rohantha Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:22 AM

    Here we go again. These people receive all the privileges like, Duty free Vehicles which can be transferred , Subsidized meal , Telephone Allowances , this and that and still it is not enough. If they have any Honour , will they transfer their Duty Free Allowance. What a Crap

    Sunil Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:25 AM

    Your former finance minister has drawn a massive honorarium which cannot be taxed.

    Vipin B Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:28 AM

    Wow, that is a great perspective. Now why didn't I think of this before ?Does the prefix to a name "honourable" makes a person truly honourable? With rampant corruption, criminal activities, illegal activities, and abuse of power they are involved in, how on earth these people be honourable? These people are anything but honourable.

    Fernando Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:32 AM

    If MPs and Ministers are paid not salaries but only honorariums, why are then paid pensions?,

    sanjeeva Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:54 AM

    just be sympathetic. there are ppl whose wires get crossed and short-circuited when they open their mouths.

    Vernon Thursday, 31 May 2018 12:19 PM

    Good legal point

    hello Sunday, 03 June 2018 09:41 PM

    when come to pension ,its salary,but when it's cone to PAYE,its honorarium- two tongue politicians

    BSP Thursday, 31 May 2018 12:28 PM

    Eka walle pol!

    Brainmaster Thursday, 31 May 2018 12:21 PM

    Most of these MPs are not real honorables.....I consider this to be an insult to the rest of the population. via DM Android App

    Taxpayer Thursday, 31 May 2018 12:29 PM

    Poor explanation but honor the tax payers and set an example. How much of other payments are received by them as various allowances.

    Love Sri Lanka Thursday, 31 May 2018 12:33 PM

    Are you KIDDING Mr President !!! Thursday, 31 May 2018 12:42 PM

    He is confusing Honorary with Honourable. Yes, Honorary office holders get honorariums but honourable has nothing to do with emoluments.

    Ruwan Thursday, 31 May 2018 02:23 PM

    Pensionable honorariums.... first in the world

    Waco Thursday, 31 May 2018 02:37 PM

    " Pamba Gale Patalila "

    Joseph Thursday, 31 May 2018 03:32 PM

    Most of the MPs are not honorable ,but horrible

    Haramanis Thursday, 31 May 2018 03:49 PM

    Both the President and the Prime Minister should be given honorariums to quietly retire to the backwoods so that the country could be put on the right path

    ishan Thursday, 31 May 2018 04:31 PM

    Mr. President - You are dragging this country into an anarchy. We should have leaders, lead by examples, not to pacify the ministers. Very pathetic state of affairs - God bless this lovely country.

    randeniya Thursday, 31 May 2018 04:43 PM

    You are wrong on this. Then what about teachers, Doctors and Government Engineers they too provide honorary services.

    MO77 Friday, 01 June 2018 07:33 PM

    Foreign employees should not be tax. Because, they are not doing job in Sri Lanka. This government impose new tax for foreign remittances from Sri Lankan who work overseas and another 5% on interest income from their NRFC accounts. They do not have retirement benefit, pension or duty free vehicle or any other benefits. If one died in abroad, his/her relative has to pay money for taking the body into Sri Lanka.

    Mohan Friday, 01 June 2018 07:45 PM

    We can understand why MPs received money monthly and pension after 5 yrs as honorariums. 96 MPs failed OK exams and majority of MPs do not passed AL exam.

    hello Saturday, 02 June 2018 01:31 PM

    this is definition is not fair,when the government employees have to work 30 years servise to get their pension,but MPs have to be in parliment for 5 years they get full pention ,this is unfair and like one who got the spoon serving himseif,they bend law of the land many ways to accumulate money,if this is honorarium, then pension not attached to that or if its salary they too have to pay PAYE,

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