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Finance BIll certified by the Speaker

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This legislation was to enable persons to voluntarily disclose undisclosed taxable supplies, income and assets required to be disclosed under certain laws.

It also provides for the imposition of a tax on the taxable supplies, income and assets so disclosed. It indemnifies the persons who voluntarily disclose any such taxable supply, income or asset against liability from investigation, prosecution and penalties under specified laws.

The legislation also grants certain concessions to persons who had already disclosed taxable supplies, income and assets under specified laws.

The Bill was taken up for debate on September 7 and was passed in Parliament with amendments.

The Bil received 134 votes in favor and 44 votes were against.

The vote took place as a division was called for by Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella during the second reading of the Finance Bill.

Accordingly, this Act will come into force from today (15).

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