Korea to help automate sub-national agency tax in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – The Export-Import Bank of Korea (Korea Eximbank) is to help establish an automated taxation system in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo which generates considerably high amounts of tax revenue.

The support from Korea Eximbank, which provides Official Development Assistance (ODA) for international development and cooperation, will include an analysis of the current status of the tax system and property information in Colombo.

The South Korean embassy said in a statement the project, done through the Knowledge Sharing Program, known as KSP, is expected to be completed in July 2018.

KSP is a special technical assistance program provided by the Korea Eximbank under the Ministry of Strategy and Finance of Korea to share Korea’s development experience and knowledge accumulated over the past decades with partner countries.

An automated taxation system in the Colombo Municipality is needed as local authorities in Sri Lanka currently face challenges such as uncertain data on taxable property, omissions in charging taxes, and inefficient administrative procedures due to existing manual taxing methods.

“Considering this urgent need to build a strong tax information system, especially for the Colombo city which generates considerably high amounts of tax, the KSP team will design a plan for establishing a tax information system optimal for the Colombo city,” the statement said.

The KSP will also include the sharing of a case study on the taxation system operated by Seoul city and capacity building programs.
(COLOMBO, April 28, 2018)

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