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Colombo, Jan 02 (Daily Mirror) - With effect from 1 January, persons who have not obtained a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) will be subjected to a penalty not exceeding Rs. 50,000, the Department of Inland Revenue cautioned.

With effect from 1 January, persons who have not obtained a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) will be subjected to a penalty not exceeding Rs. 50,000, the Department of Inland Revenue cautioned.

In a notice to the public, the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) reiterated it is mandatory for persons at the age of 18 or more, or who turn 18 years on or after 1 January, to register and obtain a TIN.

Further, any persons receiving an income exceeding Rs. 1,200,000 for a year of assessment (from 1 April of a year to 31 March of the following year) must register for income tax.

The general public has the option of registering online at www.ird.gov.lk, requesting registration by post, or registering in person at the IRD.


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  • Chala Tuesday, 02 January 2024 11:25 AM

    Threatening and trying to get money from people so that these officers and politicians can enjoy luxury life while people suffer. These guys deserve same treatments given by people last time to pohottuwas. May be that treatment is not much far by people. lol

    DPerara Tuesday, 02 January 2024 12:51 PM

    Yes, next NPP government will bring down tax and VAT rates to zero!

    UAli Tuesday, 02 January 2024 07:55 PM

    @DPerera, will NPP do so, that’s doubtful

    Aragalaya Wednesday, 03 January 2024 11:53 PM

    Threatening and imposing tax collection to maintain a set of rogue MPs and Ministers and for their benefits. All this come to a grinding halt once a NPP government is installed.

    Dinruta Tuesday, 02 January 2024 11:45 AM

    Why can't IRD look at the possibility of using the ID number as the TIN number ?

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 02 January 2024 11:45 AM

    It is cheaper to pay fine of 50,000 every month to paying taxes that are above that.

    Get lost Tuesday, 02 January 2024 11:51 AM

    So let me get this right, everyone has to pay for the tax dodgers who are bank rolling the president and his rajapaksa friends?

    Dee Tuesday, 02 January 2024 12:40 PM

    Nope! Everyone who earns less than 150k need not pay taxes. And that’ll be a large percentage of those above 18

    Bandula Tuesday, 02 January 2024 01:09 PM

    It would be anyone who earns less than 1.2 million per annum (which equates to Rs. 100k per month) that will be taxable.

    Dan Tuesday, 02 January 2024 11:55 AM

    This is merely increasing the workload of the inland revenue department, increase litigation and red tape. Learn from the rest of the world. What's necessary is not to force legally to obtain a TIN number, but make it absolutely necessary for people to have a TIN number for their day to day activities. Requirement of a TIN number for all financial activities such as payment of salaries and provident funds, bank deposits where 50% of the interest would be paid to the government if there's no TIN number, requirement from a new vehicle registration etc. etc so that a person is compelled to obtain a number. OMG. Please get out from that island mentality.

    Lanka Tuesday, 02 January 2024 12:07 PM

    We are living in this virtual and digital world .before you blame people for not paying taxes update and digitalize all taxation so that no one can avoid it ..have a friendly relation with all tax payers and they will pay you a part of their income as tax but do not bully them .otherwise like doctors they too will leave the country..or they will open their business in offshore to keep you in dark...tax them but do not try to bully them ...Tax reform must be done but gradually step by step . Educate them say why do you need to increase it ? Start it with all 225 first Then all will follow them Start with all professionals Then all shop keepers will follow them . The problem is we are not doing this in a professional manners Send a letter to all shop keepers about new taxation policy and educate them first Give them time to clear the taxes before you bully them with penalty.. You need to encourage them to work hard if you need the taxes back...encourage all business community and get

    sam Tuesday, 02 January 2024 12:18 PM

    There is no such law

    Tax Lawyer Tuesday, 02 January 2024 07:11 PM

    A return of income for any year of assessment SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED from any resident individual who has no tax payable for that year [s.93]. Any individual who receives LESS THAN Rs.1,200,000 for any year commencing 1/4/2023 SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED to furnish any return of income [s.52 read with 5th Schedule’s 2(a)]. Any person NOT LIABLE TO FURNISH A RETURN OF INCOME NEED NOT REGISTER with the Commissioner-General [s.102(1)]. Not even the Commissioner-General can compulsorily register an individual as a “Taxpayer” without first determining that he RECEIVES MORE THAN Rs.1,200,000 for any year [s.102(4)]. Gazette Extraordinary No.2334/21 (31/5/2023) has been promulgated subject to the requirements of s.102. Therefore, the requirement for “any individual 18 or more or who attains 18 on or after 1/1/2024” to register as a “Taxpayer” arises ONLY IF HE OR SHE RECEIVES MORE THAN RS.1,200,000 FOR ANY YEAR THEREAFTER. Otherwise, NO FINE of “upto Rs.50,000” is incurred for “not registering.”

    Tax Lawyer Tuesday, 02 January 2024 08:07 PM

    A return of income for any year of assessment SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED from any resident individual who has no tax payable for that year [s.93]. Any individual who receives LESS THAN Rs.1,200,000 for any year commencing 1/4/2023 SHALL NOT BE REQUIRED to furnish any return of income [s.52 read with 5th Schedule’s 2(a)]. Any person NOT LIABLE TO FURNISH A RETURN OF INCOME NEED NOT REGISTER with the Commissioner-General [s.102(1)]. Not even the Commissioner-General can compulsorily register an individual as a “Taxpayer” without first determining that he RECEIVES MORE THAN Rs.1,200,000 for any year [s.102(4)]. Gazette Extraordinary No.2334/21 (31/5/2023) has been promulgated subject to the requirements of s.102. Therefore, the requirement for “any individual 18 or more or who attains 18 on or after 1/1/2024” to register as a “Taxpayer” arises ONLY IF HE OR SHE RECEIVES MORE THAN RS.1,200,000 FOR ANY YEAR THEREAFTER. Otherwise, NO FINE of “upto Rs.50,000” is incurred for “not registering.”

    W E Adhikaram - UK, busy@Stkhome Tuesday, 02 January 2024 12:18 PM

    Tax of thefts 10%, will solve the crisis.

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 02 January 2024 12:46 PM

    It is not the act of paying high taxes, but it is about the benefits we derive from paying such high level taxes. So far, we the medium class citizens who are the majority and have continuously paid taxes have not received any benefits in State Services whether Medical, Public Transport, Police Service, Education. What we get is third level service while a few enjoy very high level public service from the taxes we pay. Look at the rogues who have been identified by SC, they are all living today in massive Public Funded residents and security. Is this where our taxes are robbed? What about all those bankrupt development projects, where are those responsible for them, will they continue languishing freely with full impunity?

    Grace Tuesday, 02 January 2024 12:48 PM

    Very soon, the government will introduce a tax for every residence, for sneezing, coughing, fart..g.

    Banda Iya Tuesday, 02 January 2024 01:57 PM

    You forgot to mention, for answering calls of nature and physical union of husband and wife.

    Stella Tuesday, 02 January 2024 12:50 PM

    This is a daylight robbery.

    Dee Tuesday, 02 January 2024 02:03 PM

    What getting people who evade taxes to pay taxes? Daylight robbery is what JVP did and will do if and when they come into power!

    Amal Tuesday, 02 January 2024 11:22 PM

    Robbery is when you do not pay taxes!

    Ahamed Tuesday, 02 January 2024 01:13 PM

    Why not just use the National ID as the TIN???

    Venkatesh Yoga Tuesday, 02 January 2024 01:43 PM

    We have work hard and sweat and earn and pay the government to pay the loan robbed by the MR family. and furthermore they are trying to come back to power to recover the country from economy crisis what JOKE!!

    LK Tuesday, 02 January 2024 01:50 PM

    This is a result of IMF bullying. They force our politicians to rob the public. IMF is nothing a crafty trick to exploit the people

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 02 January 2024 02:41 PM

    Absolute bullshit. You vote for crooks, they rob the country and when we are shit bankrupt and the only source for us to run the country is to go to IMF and now you blame IMF instead of your crooked self for voting equally crooked bastards to power.

    And we will do it again, and the crooks know it well Tuesday, 02 January 2024 04:46 PM

    We the idiots, led by the crooks, have voted and served the ungrateful for so long for so little, we are still capable of doing anything for nothing. We are so gullible, and the Aragalaya heroes are so naïve, to dutifully collect the millions lying unattended at the President's house and hand over to authorities. What more proof do you want?

    Ram Tuesday, 02 January 2024 02:02 PM

    Can the IRD Commissioner confirm if the 225 Parliamentarians have TINs or not. It is essential for us to know before we open TINs

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 02 January 2024 02:45 PM

    It does not make any difference. Even if those 225 pay VAT, they rob from the public much more than that. Look at the recent event of SLPP at Sugathadasa Stadium and how the citizens still salivate at these leaders after all what has happened. This is where the problem lies.

    SLEx Tuesday, 02 January 2024 02:49 PM

    A national ID is sensitive data. A TIN is not. That is why National ID cannot be used as a TIN as this data will be exposed to a lot of people and services that require tax information, both domestic and foreign. Also, foreigners who come work do not have National ID numbers, so to maintain two separate Tax IDs for locals and foreigners is not feasible and adds alot of complexity to an already complex system.

    Vis Tuesday, 02 January 2024 03:56 PM

    We are all bankrupt and suffering due to your big brains, and you want tax. All top officials and policy makers should obtain mental health clearance also before holding public positions. I smell lot of covert borderline and covert narcissism. You enjoy tourturing us.

    Nuwan Tuesday, 02 January 2024 04:40 PM

    When GOTA slashed taxes everyone cheered. Two years later see what happened. In SL, a large portion of the economy is informal. So income tax collection is a challenge. Good luck to the government. For those lament about this and suspicious of the spending of tax money, quite rightly, please make sure you actively sought legislative and regulatory changes to minimise fraud and waste.

    Chula Tuesday, 02 January 2024 04:45 PM

    Look at the ird website. No security at all. Looks like a site built by a kid. Data may be at a risk if someone hacks it. From the look of it the site is at low security. Also taking taxes should be done careefully. If they try to harass the people and take it, the response from public will be harsh towards these officials including the politicians. Also see how big talks are made by Sa rock the backdoor boy. Lol

    SL Tuesday, 02 January 2024 05:50 PM

    Results of being too late to plan the Economy. Something which could have planned in 1948!!!

    Sinna Tuesday, 02 January 2024 07:34 PM

    Hello plunderers in IRD, could you kindly give us one good reason why we the public have to do so, you may say country is bankrupt therefore government is in a process with IMF ,according to them we have thrash you and plunder what ever you have, but we are not part and parcel of making the country bankrupt, why you and government not turning at state bank loan defaulters to the tune of billions, why not collect their assets forcibly, why not bring back rajapaksha loot or attempt for it, why not collect loss of central bank scam and punish looters, why not insist unscrupulous importers, who earn billions by inside information from government why not react to them , you are deliberately pushing people to a point of non return, and may dreaming to crush them like did in 88/89

    Pusa Tuesday, 02 January 2024 07:57 PM

    Rs 50K ? That’s an accounting error for the rich…LOL

    AJ Tuesday, 02 January 2024 08:10 PM

    This will soon heading country to civil unrest, government expecting it and that the reason why government approve convicted torturer as IGP,

    johan Tuesday, 02 January 2024 08:42 PM

    People have already EMPTY TIN to beg so I do not think another tin necessary.What a bunch of fools we have as leaders. 18 years all studying age what is the income they will have. At the age of 21 years they will receive a monthly salary of Rs.25000. Just unnecessarily increasing the workload for the Dept. of Inland Rev.

    RS Tuesday, 02 January 2024 10:06 PM

    Try and face the consequences. Those who can will flee from this country and the rest will hopefully respond appropriately.

    CAPTAIN JUMPS OFF SINKING SHIP Tuesday, 02 January 2024 11:49 PM

    Looks like the country will need A REPEAT PERFORMANCE OF THE ARAGALAYA PROTESTORS OR ELSE THE COUNTRY IS DOOMED FOR FURTHER DISTRUCTION, POCKETS WILL CONTINUE TO BE FILLED WITH ILLGOTTEN WEALTH AND THE SINK HOLE WILL ONLY GET DEEPER AND THE SUFFERINGS WILL BE FAR GREATER.

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    Achcharu Wednesday, 03 January 2024 01:12 AM

    In other countries when you open a bank account the Income Tax No is requested. So that should have been the starting point. Getting banks and Financial Institutions to request the Income Tax No from existing and new customers

    Ranil Wednesday, 03 January 2024 02:19 AM

    Unless taxes are withheld from salaries and consumer goods and transactions, all citizens must collectively organize, protest and revolt against government or any tax levying authority. What can they do? Imprison all citizens for tax evasion? Boycott all establishments and services if you can. A people's revolution is long overdue.

    Ismet Zaheed Wednesday, 03 January 2024 04:40 AM

    National ID would suffice. This will be a can (TIN) of worms!

    P Kunchithapathan Wednesday, 03 January 2024 06:41 AM

    The recently introduced Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) by the government is both timely and long overdue, considering the impact on the country's economic prosperity since gaining independence. Politicians, both current and past, have harbored ulterior motives, presenting a distortedly positive image to the public to divert attention from their involvement in significant scams and scandals. Citizens were accustomed to living on subsidies and receiving free essentials, fostering a culture of laziness and unproductivity. Politicians exacerbated societal divisions by exploiting faiths and cultures through captivating slogans. Against the backdrop of politicians' malfeasance, citizens question the rationale behind paying taxes when the leaders themselves engage in widespread corruption. In the present scenario, people are acutely aware of the errors committed by their leaders and their associates, and the matter is no laughing one.

    Sambo Wednesday, 03 January 2024 08:47 AM

    Don't try to threaten the public you SOB's

    Jayantha Wednesday, 03 January 2024 10:04 AM

    Soon We will have to print forged money to survive in this country!

    jayantha Wednesday, 03 January 2024 10:15 AM

    This threat indicates the Government does not have the brains to implement the TIN system! The best way is to Establish the TIN system is through the Gramasewa system! This will cover almost all citizens. Provided the benefits are given to the public! and not a selected political succors!

    Roshanaly Wednesday, 03 January 2024 10:25 AM

    More Tax files without payment, now they need more staff to handle Tax files. Salaries paid with the existing Tax collection.

    jackie Wednesday, 03 January 2024 01:22 PM

    First put the tax money in use for to convince people First build the roads, look at the status of roads everywhere bumps, not a single road with proper infrastructure

    Ranjith Wednesday, 03 January 2024 05:44 PM

    Every person above 18 should pay some sort of tax two start with this includes all employees, employers, professionals and free lance income eaners IRD has to widen the tax base and in return government should invest back for well being of the people not buy votes at future elections . IMF has nothing to do with this let's develop our country.

    shifan Thursday, 04 January 2024 12:18 PM

    One dumb Politicca says there will be a fine, another fellow says there is no fine..typical donkey models

    Percy Wijenayake Saturday, 06 January 2024 09:39 AM

    Law must be enforced on every individual with hefty fines for most Sri Lankans who show ignorance and dislike paying tax. Mixing the ID and TIN, no income etc. The basic problem is the Cost of Living is not proportionate with the Tax.

    De Silva Saturday, 06 January 2024 09:43 AM

    The Tax Lawyer must quit his practice and go back to school. He apparently is uneducated for Law.


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