Sri Lanka to exempt exports of IT, entrepôt trade, waste management from income tax

asked May 14, 2017 in Tax News & Rumours by Vishan (3,650 points)
Sri Lanka will exempt from income tax several activities including, agriculture, entrepôt trade, solid waste management, information technology and business process outsourcing, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said.

A new inland revenue act (income tax law) is going to be presented to parliament shortly.

International logistics, multi-country consolidation will be included in the so-called hub-activities like entrepot trade that will be exempt from income tax.

Sri Lanka's locational advantage as a transport hub had been blocked by a few rent-seeking oligopolists who have blocked foreign investment in shipping.

Several tea firms have also blocked the country from becoming an international hub for tea, despite advantages in logistics.

Profits from solid waste management, organic fertilizer, agriculture, poultry, dairy, export of gold, gem and jewellery will be exempt from income tax.

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answered Jul 21, 2017 by wmthushara (3,810 points)
But as per the presentation conducted by CA Sri Lanka, the only tax exempted main income source is gain receiving from investment in quoted shares.  Interest income from sovereign bonds denominated in foreign currencies also exempted under investment income, dividend distributed out of dividend received is also exempted from dividend tax.

The presenters were from reputed audit firms.
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