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Carlton SC gets Rs.200 mn tax cuts for racing cars: JVP

17 December 2012 08:33 pm - 103     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Carlton Sports Club has received tax concessions of more than Rs.200 million as a result of the budget proposal to ease import duty on racing cars, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) charged yesterday.

JVP MP Anura Kumara Dissanayake told a news conference that it had been revealed that this club had been told of this concession even before the budget was presented in parliament.

He asked how the government revealed budget secrets before the Budget was presented in Parliament by the President who is also the Finance Minister.
Mr. Dissanayake said this club had imported two consignments of racing cars comprising Lamborghini, Porsche and Aston Martins at a cost of Rs.99 million.

He said this club had not only taken advantage of the prior knowledge on the easing of import duty in the budget proposals but had also evaded paying five other taxes including the Nation Building Tax, Airport and Port Development Levy and VAT. This had been done through the Car Net system.

Mr. Dissanayake said under this system, taxes are charged from importers but they are not expected to pay and it’s kept aside as a bank guarantee. This system he said is usually followed when vehicles are brought for development projects by foreign agencies where the taxes are set aside as a bank guarantee so that they complete the work witching the stipulated time frame.

“The Carlton Sports Club had used this system to avoid paying taxes,” he said and urged that the matter be investigated because Sri Lanka had lost more than Rs.200 million from this fraudulent act and how the tradition of keeping the budget proposals a secret had been violated with the sophisticated racing vehicles being  imported just prior to the Budget. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 103

  • Anna Tuesday, 18 December 2012 12:00 AM

    Who is going to investigate this day light robbery...government??? What a joke when theyre the robbers.Utterly disgusting and very sad. via DM Android App

    wijebahu Monday, 17 December 2012 10:37 PM

    Why complain? this is the mirracle of asia.

    Jagath Leanage Monday, 17 December 2012 11:57 PM

    Beside that, Government spent Rs.900 Mn for this races.
    Thank you minister of finance.Now we are in wonder of asia.

    gajjan Tuesday, 18 December 2012 12:35 AM

    These car races are not only for western countries. This brings Sri Lanka parallel to a developed country. If North Korea can send a rocket to space, why cant we hold posh car races?

    Namal Tuesday, 18 December 2012 01:28 AM

    Public money spent on tarring road, sand bags etc. But the profits were pocketed by ......... You know who!

    Prof Wickramatillake Tuesday, 18 December 2012 01:37 AM

    Dear, People are struggling with increasing COL. We could do all these when we reach that stage of development. But, right now, we have got priorities mixed up. This is purely to the satisfaction of St Thomas' educated rugger playing three sons, if you sit and seriously think.

    Mudiyansemama Tuesday, 18 December 2012 01:43 AM

    Over to you BB commission how aggressive you are on CJ's 3mn and this 200 mn

    Seeya Tuesday, 18 December 2012 01:57 AM

    Recall who the owners of this club are.

    Tarinda Tuesday, 18 December 2012 01:58 AM

    Ayyooo salli !

    CNRAWESUM Tuesday, 18 December 2012 12:00 AM

    Keep talking crap. it was an spectacular event. via DM Android App

    Nikamata Tuesday, 18 December 2012 02:08 AM

    well you guys shouted hoarse and brought them to power, and one of your notorious comrades at that time is now a member of the so called PSC who is enjoying the perks for all your hard work in bringing the clan to power. You guys have been responsible for the debacle of Asia since you cooked up a load of crap to the masses with CBK...

    MirakRajBanda Tuesday, 18 December 2012 02:39 AM

    Yes I was there witnessing the millions go bust causing heavy smog in the town. Under the disguise of the race (may be the government think that it's another boosting factor of mindset of Sri Lankans as cricket influences but it's not), petrol goes up by Rs.10.
    I felt and feel shame on me to be there.
    Carlton SN give my bloody money back!!!!!

    meenavan Tuesday, 18 December 2012 02:41 AM

    Annae Keep Dump (AKD) its chinthanaya miracle of banana island....

    Shantha Tuesday, 18 December 2012 02:50 AM

    Really? How did ur wise brain come with an exact figure? Permission has given by UNP controlled Colombo Municipal Council, for which CMC has been paid for all the work carried out.

    These cars are owned by the respective drivers. In any race in the world, drivers import their cars for the period. Under car net, Cars have to be imported back before the stipulated period.

    Jaya Tuesday, 18 December 2012 02:45 AM

    Yeah, People are dying in N. Korea due to starvation. Think we should start that as well to reduce the population problem.

    Jagath Leanage Tuesday, 18 December 2012 02:55 AM

    Do you know, North Korea is the most corrupted country in the world, according to the list recently released (167th & points 4).We are 70th & points 20.Thanks for highligting.
    That means our country very good in "CORRUPTIONS".

    srikalie Tuesday, 18 December 2012 02:59 AM

    Don't worry Comrade...! In SL Sociology, it is called 'bride price' of Sinhalese Princes...

    Jeewan Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:08 AM

    What ,no news to report from Aluthkade today ?????

    meenavan Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:08 AM

    Any election near investment in the name of tax concession....???

    lalitha Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:20 AM

    the minister should also mention who is in charge on CSN

    Voyager Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:22 AM

    Closing so many roads and causing such inconvenience to the public, wasting public funds on preparing the city, do these races generate any income to the government or to the municipality? Why do we have to bear all these costs to entertain a selected few? Why does our brave soldiers have to be degraded to the level of slaves carrying sand bags? Shameful that we as a nation come to silently bear these things without any complain. It won't be very long when they will come and take even our clothes away.

    maxmara Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:22 AM

    Only in Banana Republic these things happen.
    We vote them in and they are racing away.

    Damma Deepa Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:38 AM

    " Increase the salaries of Poor Police Men from that money, they work 24 hours a day"

    weha Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:42 AM

    What im more interested in is, if this was a private network event how did the army end up doing all the bulls work? who paid for the road carpertin?
    and if we too want to do something like that can we also close the galle road for sometime?

    Mickey Mouse Tuesday, 18 December 2012 12:00 AM

    Another day In this banana republic.ppl are being fooled and the next election guess who the same ppl will elect?

    suresh Tuesday, 18 December 2012 03:59 AM

    Didnt govt say that the taxes were cut for single seater vehicles? (like go carts) and not sports cars?

    Kj Tuesday, 18 December 2012 04:03 AM

    Dont worry.. there are billions of SL Rs leaking out..!! Aiya, Malli plays with Salli..!!

    Knowledge Tuesday, 18 December 2012 04:11 AM

    Its a fee we need to pay for countrys' image rebuilding process. In the last 3 decades our image of pearl changed to sad tear drop of indian ocean. We need to change that image and these kinda events help us get that, its not always about profits and money.

    nasrullah-beruwala Tuesday, 18 December 2012 04:12 AM

    I don't know whats happening in srilanka! these unwanted sporting events and wasting our money for one person's sporting telecast right.

    Savi Tuesday, 18 December 2012 04:25 AM

    And so north korea is a developed country because of that ? and its people are living happily ever after.. Nice...

    siri Tuesday, 18 December 2012 04:35 AM

    JVP pattern is to object for every thing,so dear MP if it is true no weight for your statement.first you get faith from country.

    Saif Tuesday, 18 December 2012 04:47 AM

    We need these types of boosting activites as promotional tools. This how Dubai plays the card to get investors and tourists in. We should deliver what global market needs then only foreingers will look in to our country not only playing " Elle games" . But without robbing money by politian...

    Sammy Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:02 AM

    Aiyooo mage tax salli!

    Minister Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:04 AM

    Why complain now? Can't you remember the honey moon you all comrades had with Chandrika to bring down a democratically elected government before its period was over? For your information that was the cause for all what you say now!

    Lobo Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:06 AM

    Whats the big deal in shouting about it after its been done? And if you're not going to do anything about it then please keep quite and stop playing to the gallery.

    ANTON Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:09 AM

    If this is wrong why can't they bring impeachment motion without shouting uselessly.

    master Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:15 AM

    You are commenting without any knowledge at all, The event cost only 45 million and it was covered by their many sponsors. So dont talk rubbish!

    Thomas Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:13 AM

    You created this Monster and now complaining, what a joke?

    kan Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:19 AM

    Govt. will recover these losses from tax paying public soon like CEB / CPC/ etc.

    Yuri Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:19 AM

    This is nothing compare to 4500 cross Rocket game in China. s there any one remember Sri Lankan send a rocket???

    Srimal Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:36 AM

    Who will punish them?

    Srimal Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:39 AM

    How the Carlton Sports Club has Rs. 99 milliion? Have they earn that money?

    Augie Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:46 AM

    Have you any idea about the poverty in NK.

    Aashiq Tuesday, 18 December 2012 05:57 AM

    I am sure it is not you !!!

    praveen Tuesday, 18 December 2012 06:46 AM

    As a country we should be having a vision. Not just to be carried away with car races etc ... Why not focus on developing infrastructure and make SL as a solid hub. SL has been a hub in the history, wise kings of us realized back then.

    OMG-Dallas TX Tuesday, 18 December 2012 06:50 AM

    These guys only talk.

    perumal Tuesday, 18 December 2012 06:50 AM

    Who are the people behind this Carlton Sports Club? such as its Office bearers? leading members?

    Kinithullah M.H Tuesday, 18 December 2012 06:51 AM

    We don't know. Do you know ? What is the basis on which you are saying this ? Bullshit !

    Kinithullah M.H Tuesday, 18 December 2012 06:53 AM

    Balo biruwata kandu paath wene nae. Anura kumara Dissanayake is a total idiot living in the dark ages.

    carl Tuesday, 18 December 2012 06:48 AM

    Who are the member's of Carlton Sports Club? Where is it sutuated? its a mistry. Can someone enlightem me please. All this talk about \carlton, we are in the blues.

    Lobo Tuesday, 18 December 2012 06:53 AM

    gajjan, its not a case of monkey-see-monkey-do but to first get our priorities right and do what we can afford.

    Lobo Tuesday, 18 December 2012 06:55 AM

    Only 45m....spoken like its petty cash for you. Anyway whose money was it and who got the major benefits and profits?

    wild Tuesday, 18 December 2012 07:25 AM

    SRIMAL from sponcership !

    Wallstreet Saima Tuesday, 18 December 2012 07:27 AM

    lad(ie)s!! stop commenting and get ur acts together and do smthing to stop this or just sitback and relax the miracle of asia!!!

    Juba ! Tuesday, 18 December 2012 07:28 AM

    Do you not have the brain to calculate the answer to 1 + 1 ?

    cuthbert Tuesday, 18 December 2012 07:28 AM

    it is too late to complain now it is you people who help this government to come power is it correct?

    Alex Tuesday, 18 December 2012 07:31 AM

    wots the matter - MINOR MATTER, are we worried - NO NO !!

    Ruwan Tuesday, 18 December 2012 07:46 AM

    this is like a gossip forum which I thought only women frequented. not a single comment which can lead to a meaningful discussion. what a waste of time and good forum.

    amila Tuesday, 18 December 2012 07:54 AM

    Now these kinds of shows shows that we have a very good economy in the world.Thank you President.Anyway please do something for the victims of the floods and earth-slips.
    Think about your next birth of you in the sansara.

    Trehan Munasinghe Tuesday, 18 December 2012 07:51 AM

    Expect yet another fuel increase in mid January.... All the best to the Sri Lankan public...

    Ohhh and higher taxes on essential items... and your Rs. 1000/- is worth nothing...

    HardBall Tuesday, 18 December 2012 07:58 AM

    The loss to business as offices where closed at 03:30 pm on Friday. This was at the heart of the commercial district. Any calculations on the losses and gains.

    Aney Machang Tuesday, 18 December 2012 08:05 AM

    Sound monetary and fiscal policies! Nice, keep it up.
    Ohoma yang.....

    nilu Tuesday, 18 December 2012 08:26 AM

    Mr. Master,

    seems like you know lot, ok tell me who paid for the OT, Bata and for electricity, and who paid for the loss of closing businesses, who paid for the inconviniences

    nilu Tuesday, 18 December 2012 08:28 AM

    Wake up buddy, we must do what we can do, barrowing money and trying to become like europeans get reall buddy

    nilu Tuesday, 18 December 2012 08:29 AM

    have mercy on this ignorant fellow

    Ranil Tuesday, 18 December 2012 08:35 AM

    So he is jealous!

    sach Tuesday, 18 December 2012 08:45 AM

    gimme a source of its expenses and revenue generated. An audited report ?

    sach Tuesday, 18 December 2012 08:51 AM

    cricket broadcasting rights were robbed by CSN with the help of the nishantha ranathunga who is holding the post of sec illgegally.

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 18 December 2012 09:23 AM

    Thanks to Sarath N Siva.

    Jola Man Tuesday, 18 December 2012 10:24 AM

    short shoterrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Faazil Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:34 AM

    who will take care of your point of view?

    jaya Wednesday, 19 December 2012 02:43 AM

    Just to please sons and playing really rule of family

    Ryan Wednesday, 19 December 2012 05:34 AM

    Without talking here and there, you complain to the bribery commission, fair trading commission and impeach the finance minister, and in the meantime rally people against those responsible.

    HardBall Wednesday, 19 December 2012 05:37 AM

    You are not taking rubbish, you are talking holy shit!

    Sam Wednesday, 19 December 2012 05:57 AM

    May be we got millions of money Rupees from this race. Well done Carlton. Next time have a elephant race. Then we can bring tax free elephant. God Bless Sri Lanka

    santa Wednesday, 19 December 2012 06:12 AM

    whose chinthana is this

    Ajith Wednesday, 19 December 2012 06:31 AM

    This looks like Sadam Husains rule.
    To satisfy their craze the tax payers pay from their nose and on the very next day after rehearsals they jacked up the price of Petrol.Those Lamborghini's are gulping petrol and we fools pay from our nose to satisfy their lust.

    CW Wednesday, 19 December 2012 06:47 AM

    Another complaint. Who cares?Can you do anything other than organising protests & complaining. How much do you think a "one day" strike can cost the nation?

    Kamal Kulathilake Wednesday, 19 December 2012 06:49 AM

    This joker of JVP minister must be referring to the Lamboginis and Aston Martins which came down for the colombo night races...HA HA HA

    They all went back.....cause they never came to stay here......The car were only brought for racing.....

    What a looser to go public and make statements without knowing the background ....

    Kamal Kulathilake Wednesday, 19 December 2012 06:51 AM

    This must be in ref to the cars which came down for the Colombo night race...

    They all went back cause it was only brought for racing at the night race...

    Mr. Anura ....u should be able to get correct facts before making public statements...

    Kamal Kulathilake Wednesday, 19 December 2012 07:00 AM

    Very True Shantha...

    The CMC was paid over Rs. 2 million for the road development...The race was also sponsored by the private sector and the Hotels in the Fort area were up the deal ....

    Kamal Kulathilake Wednesday, 19 December 2012 07:02 AM

    What do u have to say about army, navy , cleaning drains. digging cannals, selling vegetables???

    aroosh Wednesday, 19 December 2012 07:31 AM

    then USA Gunmen killed 20 kids why we can't ? don't choose foolish examples my dear.

    anura Wednesday, 19 December 2012 07:43 AM

    What has happened to SriLanka these days? Who runs Carlton Sports ? If the Rajapaksa regime is involved in this using their political influence they should retire from politics altogether.
    Who runs the country these days , honest Rajapaksas or the corrupt Rajapaksas from miracle of Asia?

    R.A.J Wednesday, 19 December 2012 08:04 AM

    its joke writing an article that they don't have the first clue about! These car's are from a International series equivalent to Formula 1 in their own class scheme... owned by independent race teams as part of a championship run across Asia. The press wants freedom of speech, ability to write articles and convey information to the public... they should first start by finding out the truth, being informed of the facts and understanding that they cant bullshit every story to suit their own damn headline.... You don't need transparency in the form of a few documents that are 'bought' from a apparent officials to realise that these cars have come down with their foreign drivers for the sole purpose of having a demo race and then re-exported back to the GT3 championship in Hong Kong... a little research and common sense is all you need...

    R.A.J Wednesday, 19 December 2012 08:07 AM

    BTW these same cars came down last year... same format.. same documents... did they stay in the country? Yet again a little research would show that they left the country after the night race and headed to Japan for the start of their racing season... i really have lost faith in any productive journalism these days... seems like everyone wants to write a story just to get their name out... The presidents son drove a Polo Cup car that 3 other Sri Lankans also drove... if you hold a valid competing license, any sri lankan can pay the stipulated amount and race the said vehicle and class... He didnt race a 'lamborghini' and he didnt 'import' a race car... and Yes last year we had 2 lamborghini's, 2 Porsche's, 4 Lotus Cup Cars and a Nissan Z that were brought down for the race and which left afterwards...

    Chinthaka de Hoot Wednesday, 19 December 2012 09:45 AM

    Well said Kamal. These people just jump the gun, without verifying or trying to understand facts.

    Chinthaka de Hoot Wednesday, 19 December 2012 09:46 AM

    How could they have spent Rs. 900 million on these races, even if they wanted to ? How did they calculate this figure ? Bullshit !

    Chinthaka de Hoot Wednesday, 19 December 2012 09:52 AM

    Shantha, thank you very much for trying to educate the silly Colombians who comment here.

    Chinthaka de Hoot Wednesday, 19 December 2012 09:53 AM

    Thank you for saying this.

    Chinthaka de Hoot Wednesday, 19 December 2012 09:54 AM


    Chinthaka de Hoot Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:02 AM

    There are many kinds of banana in Sri Lanka, aanamalu, wathupalu, poowalu, alu kesel and ambul, to name a few. Looks like you like bananas so much that you call our country a banana republic.

    Chinthaka de Hoot Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:04 AM

    Profa, what you say is not profane.
    Very narrow minded.
    You are looking trough a tainted glass.
    What kind of professor are you ? Paper qualified nikama !

    Chinthaka de Hoot Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:05 AM

    Sponsors' money, not your grandmother's.

    Chinthaka de Hoot Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:10 AM

    Well said R.A.J !!!

    Chinthaka de Hoot Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:18 AM

    Your grandmother's !

    Chinthaka de Hoot Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:32 AM

    Lobo, in your case it is a case of monkey-read, monkey write. Verify your facts before you write.

    Chinthaka de Hoot Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:33 AM

    What money you nincompoop ?! You didn't pay a cent.

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