The President of the Government Medical Officers' Association Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya has requested the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to reduce the percentage of income tax levied on top professionals including doctors.
Accordingly, he has requested the Prime Minister to reduce the current rate of 24% to 12%.
Padeniya has said that the tax rate levied on top professionals, including doctors, was 12% during Mahinda Rajapaksa's presidency. It has been increased to 24% during the period of the Yahapalana Government and it has been requested to bring it back to the previous level.
The President of the Government Medical Officers' Association had made this request during a discussion with the Prime Minister at Temple Trees yesterday (25).
However, even in the large tax relief package given by the present government when it first came to power, the abolition of earnings tax had provided relief to top professionals.