Strange is the day I come out in support of taxes; and today is very strange.
But please read this in context: we wish the 10% tax had not been imposed on mobiles; but there was absolutely no reason to tax mobile while exempting fixed; that is why I support the extension of the tax to fixed CDMA. But for some reason the government seems to have difficulty in doing anything right the first time.
Why, for God’s sake protect fixed wireline? These are most privileged people in the country. If you taxing wireless, tax wireline too. Then, as quickly as possible, take off the taxes.
The Sri Lankan government Wednesday said it would extend a 10 percent tax on mobile phones to wireless CDMA phones in an effort to raise revenue.
The move was announced by President Mahinda Rajapakse, who is also finance minister, when he presented the government’s budget for 2008 in parliament.
The imposition of the levy on wireless phones is expected to raise 2,200 million rupees.
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