SJB wants Mangala's 2019 tax rates to be reintroduced

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) deputy national organiser S.M Marikkar says the Government should impose the tax rates introduced by the late Mangala Samaraweera in 2019 instead of the new tax regime. According to him professionals will agree to it as they did not object to the rates imposed at the time.  Marikkar said while admitting taxes must be imposed they must however be bearable to the people. Marikkar made these comments at a press conference held in Colombo yesterday.

Highlighting that taxes and tariff hikes are not the only means to increase Government revenue, Marikkar said selling assets, and levying taxes and tariffs does not signify good management of the economy. “We must find new modes of revenue and enter new markets,” he said. He called on the President to provide answers to the professionals instead of labelling them as saboteurs of the country’s economic revival.