Economists have claimed that attempts at tax reform were bound to fail if the system for its calculation was not modernized and computerized.
Professor at the Department of Economics of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Colombo, Prof. K. Amirthalingam who was a consultant to the Presidential Commission on Taxation appointed during the period of the previous regime queried why the report had not been released and why the recommendations made by it had not been implemented.
He charged that the laws pertaining to the Inland Revenue Department were extremely weak.
“The system must be computerized in particular as in the case of corporate entities and sophisticated computer software must be utilized for the purpose”, said Prof Amirthalingam.
“The Inland Revenue Department must be provided with modern technology as at present they are using manual systems. Adequate funds, training and powers should be provided to them”.