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Finance Act No.21 of 2019

The Finance Act No.21 of 2019 (“Finance Act”) was passed in Parliament on 23 October 2019 and was certified by the Honorable Speaker on 31 October 2019.

Nation Building Tax (Amendment) Act No.20 of 2019

The Nation Building Tax (Amendment) Act No.20 of 2019 (“NBT Amendment Act”) was passed in Parliament on 23 October 2019 and has been certified by the Honorable Speaker on the 31 October 2019.

Under the NBT Amendment Act, the following amendments have been made to the Nation Building Tax (“NBT”) Act No. 09 of 2009. The effective date of the amendments will be 01 November 2019, unless different dates are specified.

Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act No.19 of 2019

The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act No.19 of 2019 (“VAT Amendment Act”) was passed in Parliament on 23 October 2019 and was certified by the Honorable Speaker on 31 October 2019.

Under the VAT Amendment Act, the following amendments have been made to the Value Added Tax (“VAT”) Act No.14 of 2002.

Transfer pricing regulations under extraordinary gazette no. 2104/04 (“Regulations”), have been issued under Section 194 of the Inland Revenue Act no.24 of 2017 (“IRA”), to replace the extraordinary gazette notification no.1823/05 issued under Inland Revenue Act no.10 of 2006. The Regulations will be effective from 1 April 2018.

2018

Pursuant to the implementation of the new Inland Revenue Act No.24 of 2017 (“IRA”) with effect from 1 April 2018, the Department of Inland Revenue has issued guidelines to withholding agents under Circular No. SEC/2018/06 dated 18 April 2018. We highlight the salient guidelines enumerated under the circular, on the deduction of WHT on payments to residents and non-residents under Section 84 and Section 85 of the IRA.

The Inland Revenue Act No.24 of 2017 came into effect on the 01st of April 2018. Important changes and concepts have been introduced by this act such as capital gains, permanent establishment etc. The IMF stated that the implementation of the new act shall broaden the tax base by removing excess tax incentives; modernize rules related to cross-border transactions to address base erosion and combat tax avoidance; reduce complexity through an improved principles-based drafting style; and strengthen and clarify existing powers of the Inland Revenue Department to improve enforcement.

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