Shocking robbery by tax dodgers

  • 13 Dec 2005 19:54:14 GMT

    I did not realise they had so many taxes in Shri Lanka.

    Value Added Tax

    Goods and Services tax

    Income Tax

    Turnover Tax

    Social Security Tax

    And LTTE taxes again no wonder people are upset.

    No wonder people dodge taxes.

  • 14 Dec 2005 00:25:15 GMT

    The prez Mahinda has nothing to do with Tax evaders. All he got to do is deal with the corrupt officers who are there to do their job with capital punishment parallel to that meted out on Drug Traffickers, if he is really genuine in his effort to punish both abettor and the breacher.

    In a wider context take those who granted heinous tax write off to brigands and brigands themselves to task.

    Law is not there to be a sitting duck but to shoot to kill the violators.

  • 14 Dec 2005 00:34:32 GMT

    You are right Popeye. Prez Mahinda has nothing to do with Tax evaders or anything else. So he will do nothing.

  • 14 Dec 2005 00:41:44 GMT

    Tamil,

    Obviously you have misunderstood me for something or someone.

  • 14 Dec 2005 01:11:01 GMT

    Collection of taxes can be the easiest revenue earner for the Govt. if it is effectively handled.

    The law, the mechanism etc all are there in the country. Simply they are not implemented. The tax dept. does not have the teeth to collect the taxes or take the dodgers to task.

    The sri Lankan law should be amended to give the tax man more powers. Like the US IRS, the tax dept should be able to even jail the tax evaders through due legal process.

    Thats the only language our people understand. Until, the tax men get tough nothing will change. Similarly the corrupted tax men too should be severely punished.

    Otherwise, nothing will change.

  • 14 Dec 2005 01:55:56 GMT

    This `tsunami salli hora` is talking about tax collection.

    what a joke

  • 14 Dec 2005 02:01:33 GMT

    Dear Christy,

    Tax laws are only guides. You need PEOPLE with wisdom to collect taxes. This is one area where Tamils excelled. Sri Lanka will go down economically without the wisdom of Tamils to support them.

    It`s time to get them back one way or the other.

    Those who avoid taxes avoid public leadership powers. Taxes are the primary avenue through which we participate in governance of public facilities.

    Gaja Lakshmi Paramasivam from Australia

  • 14 Dec 2005 02:34:59 GMT

    Mahinda maamata jayawewa!

    Yes, of course Popeye and radaw are correct. Mahinda maama has nothing to do with this and he will as usual do nothing. (Doing nothing is the first policy under Mahinda Chinthana)

    Tax horunta jayawewa!

    Tsunami horunta jayawewa!

    Dinavamu Sri Lanka!

  • 14 Dec 2005 03:01:44 GMT

    Dear Gaja,

    You may be right in saying that due the ethnic strife we have lost brainy Tamils through brain drain. However, it`s not limited to Tamils only; we have lost experts from other communities too. These are noting to do with Tamils, Sinhalese or Muslims. Simply the tax evaders are taking the state and its people for a ride and nothing is done about by state too.

    Due to politicization of the state`s organizations we have lost smart & efficient people to the private sector. This is compounded by the interference of the politicos in every sphere of the economy. We in S.Asia need discipline and that only comes from strong and no-nonsense implementation of the law. Despite a political crony CJ, our justice system is relatively independent.

    The economic hardship and high cost of living has exacerbated the issue further making the tax man vulnerable to corruption. Don`t tell me that a Tamil assessor will not be corrupted. Whether they are Tamils or Sinhalese customs and tax assessors are the worst corrupted government officials in Sri Lanka.

    If you could see the way USA`s IRS works, even the Americans living abroad, very religiously file their returns. They know that there is no way out other than imprisonment, if you are caught evading tax.

    Imagine the magnitude of the problem: the losses are even higher than the defense expenditure. We need tough measures; that are what rogues understand..... period.

    Thanks

    Christy

  • 14 Dec 2005 03:19:15 GMT

    Hi Maaveerar,

    You know me and I know you too.

    I am fine; like you, I too live in many places.

    Bye,

    Christy