“Tax system of the country should be kept simple” : Anura Kumara

“Tax system of the country should be kept simple” : Anura Kumara

Written by Staff Writer

27 Oct, 2019 | 7:30 pm

COLOMBO (News 1st):- Presidential candidate of the National People’s power Anura Kumara Dissanayake met with the Young Professionals Association yesterday (October 27).


Do local pharmaceutical manufacturers have a place in your discussion? Or do you hope to continue to bring medicine from foreign countries similar to the current system?

In response, the Presidential candidate of the NPP, Anura Kumara Dissanayake said that they’ve to first identify the sectors that require imports, what items need to be produced and the sectors that should be targeted with exports. He further says that these sectors could be all achieved once the data is properly assessed and information is provided in these fields.

What is your program to simplify the tax system?

To this Anura Kumara Dissanayake responds that what has happened with the tax system is simple since the country has a national income of US$ 92 billion and that they are only trying to earn US$ 12 billion. Further clarifying he says that in order to earn this amount of US$ 12 billion that an average tax rate of 15% should be maintained while also saying that one of the fundamental features of taxation is that it should be kept simple.

The Presidential candidate says that they should always think about how the country’s image could be built in the global arena and that the duties of the foreign services should not be overlooked. “Now the office of an ambassador representing the United States has a wide range of duties include creating governments, selecting parties, formulating laws in various countries. Our foreign services do not have to formulate laws in those countries and create disputes within parties in those countries”, he says.  He also adds that they believe the biggest task of our foreign delegates is to act as our trade representative in those countries.

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