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Special Projects Minister Sarath Amunugama said today the government has decided to impose the 15 per cent VAT increase on liquor and cigarettes and to remove VAT on all medical tests and dialysis.

He said VAT imposed on international air tickets would also be removed while the VAT on domestic air tickets would not be changed.

Dr. Amunugama said this was decided at the Economic Committee meeting yesterday and that the proposals would be submitted to the Cabinet next Tuesday. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

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  • GamBatta Friday, 17 June 2016 01:27 AM

    However much you impose tax on liquor and cigarettes they won’t reduce consumption rates of liquor and smoking, because we have seen before as well, whenever liquor prices are up, the local breweries flourish and suruttu and beedi replace cigarettes. This change into local brews and local cigars and beedi make people more sick and prone to cancers and liver diseases. This aspect is not known to the ministers and high officials who are not affected by the taxes.

    Coconut Republic Thursday, 16 June 2016 01:01 PM

    Sensible action.

    ANTON Thursday, 16 June 2016 01:09 PM

    NO PROBLEM , THERE IS NO VAT INCREMENT ON KASIPPU.

    Bundolo Thursday, 16 June 2016 01:35 PM

    So, Ministers and Bond Mahendran will be exempt for VAT for overseas travel

    usaguy Thursday, 16 June 2016 04:48 PM

    ministers and Bond dont pay vat on travel we the ordinary Tax payers pay that too. via DM Android App

    ruwan Thursday, 16 June 2016 05:52 PM

    we send them to parliament so we are the one should get beaten by madu waligaya

    BV Thursday, 16 June 2016 06:12 PM

    WHY ONLY 15%IT SHOULD BE AT LEAST 20%.IT IS THE TAX PAYERS MONEY THAT IS SPENT ONCE THEY FALL ILL AND ENTER HOSPITAL. via DM Android App

    ANTON Thursday, 16 June 2016 07:00 PM

    HOSPITAL TREATMENT FOR BIG SHOTS FROM DRUNKARD POCKET.

    CitizenPerera Thursday, 16 June 2016 07:14 PM

    Why not make income taxes and VAT on all politicians and white collar executives all public servants ? Why discriminate between those in government and private?

    Dee Thursday, 16 June 2016 07:49 PM

    A highly literate nation. Still thinks that the 4% increase in vat is a 15% increase.

    nadarajah Thursday, 16 June 2016 07:57 PM

    Ravi K 's original budget has become the joke of the century


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