Crackdown on tax evaders in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s Inland Revenue Department will carry out island-wide raids on businesses to crack down on tax evasion, a local media report said onWednesday. Commissioner General of the Inland Revenue Department, Kalyani Dahanayake, was quoted in media reports saying that the department’s aim was to widen the tax base and get people to pay their taxes. “We will be going all over country, even after office hours, to bring in people who are not in the tax net,” she told a forum on the government’s 2017 budget. Sri Lanka’s FinanceMinister Ravi Karunanayake said the department had more than doubled the number of tax files since the new government came to power in January 2015, but many remained outside the tax net.