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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 - 8:44
Health Ministry and Finance Ministry in disagreement over taxes
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The ministry of finance says that a decision has not been taken to reduce the income tax ceiling of specialist doctors.

Accordingly, the ministry issuing a communiqué noted that the 24% tax imposed on such specialists will remain in place.

The ministry of finance noted that according to the inland revenue act the percentages of tax will not be revised.

The communiqué further notes that a decision was not arrived at with regard to the revision of income tax percentage, during the discussion held last Friday between the minister of health, minister of finance Mangala Samaraweera and the specialist doctors' association.

The finance ministry further noted that during the discussion, however, it was agreed on the provision of relief, taking into consideration, the formula for calculating taxes imposed on specialists doctors.

Contrary to this, the minister of health Rajitha Senaratne stated yesterday that the income tax imposed on specialist doctors will be reduced to 15%.

The minister noted that these measures were taken, considering the request made by doctors to reduce income tax from 24% to 12%, as before.

He added that the decision was taken following the discussion held with the minister of finance and specialist doctors during which time it was acknowledged that the doctors provide an exceptional service.
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