Lanka Rich List

Lanka Rich List

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is planning is set upa  to  has set up a High Wealth Individuals Unit (HWIU) to  deal with the wealthy.

The ten-member unit, will be  contacting a select number of wealthy individuals and will work with them and their advisors to ensure  payments said  , Commissioner General W.A. Sepalika Chandrasekara said in a statement.

To make sure the wealthy contribute their fair share and pay the right amount of taxes, the department said it would be conducting additional risk assessments and profiling of wealthy taxpayers, while conducting audits on cases that have the highest risks as well. The statement said the department would collaborate with both domestic and international organisations to access information that would help the HWIU to identify potential tax non-compliance.

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The IRD would also be working closely with banks, the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), and other tax administrations through its extensive treaty network with 45 countries to identify wealthy individuals’ banking records and assets that might not have been disclosed, the statement said.

“Through this engagement approach, we hope to enhance their willingness to participate and contribute to the government’s revenue collection efforts to overcome the critical socio-economic issues confronted by the country,” the statement said.


Since there is no clear definition of HWI currently, the IRD is planning to identify a group of 100 taxpayers with the highest reported income from various streams, reviewing other sources of data, including third-party data such as real estate, Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) reports, bank account details, and information from treaty partners.

It has been observed in the past that wealthy get off the hook as they are influential. Sri Lanka has beenoted as country that is under performing in direct tax collection .

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