Jul 11, 2017

Isura’s tax misfires

The Joint Opposition claims that the Provincial Councils have no authority to impose a tax on abandoned lands that are not being developed.

Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya said yesterday (11) that he had given instructions to the Provincial Councils to impose a tax levy of 2% of the land value, on abandoned lands that are not being developed.

However, addressing a media briefing in Colombo today, Joint Opposition MP Bandula Gunawardena said only Parliament had the authority to determine such a tax levy and not the Provincial Councils.

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