Sri Lanka plans to tax mobiles more heavily

Posted on August 14, 2007  /  3 Comments

The Sunday Lankadeepa of 12 August 2007 reports that the government has decided to raise the tax on mobile bills from 2.5% to 7.5% and also  institute a LKR 50 monthly tax on all SIMs.   These are special taxes that are levied over and above the standard VAT of 15%.

The recommendation was first made by the extremist Jatika Hela Urumaya party that is part of the governing coalition.  Another recommendation made by the JHU was that all major infrastructure projects be halted until the end of the war.  On one side, no government expenditures on vital infrastructures such as highways; on the other, taxes, that will slow down growth in the dynamic mobile sector that is being driven by private investment.



  1. Governments having corrupt and inefficient taxation regime prefers such grossly counterproductive measures. The way to get branded is a government’s prerogative. But halting all major infrastructure projects until the war ends tantamount to sedition. Infrastructures, especially telecoms infrastructure, inherently bear a great deal of strategic significance.

  2. It has been reliably learned that the tax proposals will be placed before Parliament on 6th September,

  3. how about mobitel freedom facility, what will you do?