Taxation Commission report on ice


Mystery surrounds the non-publication of the report of the Presidential Commission on Taxation even though its report was handed over to the government more than nine months ago.

The high-powered Commission chaired by Prof. W.D. Laxman sat for more than a year before they finalized their recommendations in September 2010.

There was no clear indication why the report has not been published.

Prof. Laxman contacted in this regard yesterday said he did not know the reason, but said it could be an administrative decision. The Sunday Island learns that even the Sinhala and Tamil translations of the report had been made ready.

Some uncharitable critics were of the view that Treasury mandarins might be sitting on it to implement the recommendations quietly as if they were their own ideas.

Treasury Secretary Dr P.B. Jayasundera could not be contacted to get a comment.(RA)

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