Sept 14, Colombo: The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) expressed its appreciation to the Government and to the President in particular for the decision taken to postpone repeal of the SVAT scheme.
The Bill provided to repeal the Simplified Value-Added Tax Scheme (SVAT) effective from January 1, 2024. This raised several concerns among various sectors, including exporters registered under the current SVAT system.
“Thus, we commend the decision to postpone the repeal of the Simplified Value-Added Tax Scheme (SVAT) to April 1, 2025, following careful consideration of stakeholders’ concerns,” the Chamber said in a statement.
It added that this postponement allows businesses and individuals, particularly exporters, ample time to adjust operations to adapt to the impending changes. It also affords the government the necessary space to establish a strong tax repayment mechanism. These efforts would ensure a smoother transition and mitigate the risk of financial instability, thereby aiding in the country’s overall economic well-being.
“We view this as a positive step towards collaborative policymaking, which is beneficial to the country’s overall economic landscape. It resonates with our core belief in the importance of constructive dialogue and its role in shaping effective, dynamic policy landscapes.”