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GMOA writes to Prime Minister: Seeks tax concessions for professionals

By Skandha Gunasekara
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has written to the Prime Minister urging the Government to provide relief to professionals who have been compelled to pay import tax on their vehicles.

The GMOA, in a letter to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, has noted that some have to pay an additional luxury tax as well.

“This problem is being faced by many professionals, and not only doctors. They have already bought vehicles, but now they have to pay exorbitant duty to import the vehicles due to the change in exchange rates,” GMOA Assistant Secretary Dr. Naveen De Soysa said.

He said the GMOA is requesting that the duty be in accordance with the previous exchange rates.
“We are only asking that the import duty be calculated according to the exchange rate that prevailed when the vehicles were bought,” Dr. De Soysa added.