Myanmar looks to legalize its informal economy

Myanmar aims to mobilize funds hidden in its vast informal economy through a tax amnesty, a controversial bid to galvanize new investment and business activity in the nation’s stalling economy. The “reduced tax rates for undeclared income” scheme, part of the recently approved Union Tax Law, entered into force this month, slashing prevailing 15-30% tax […]

Tax amnesty could spell big changes for Myanmar

How would you feel if a big part of your monthly salary was taxed while your boss paid almost nothing? Or if your small business paid its tax and your competitor didn’t? Not too happy, and probably worse upon hearing the Myanmar government’s plan to offer these tax cheats an amnesty. Instead of facing penalties, […]

Tax amnesty proposed, prompting renewed debate

The chorus of voices defending and opposing the reduction of tax rates for undisclosed income has come to the fore again following the submission of the Union Tax Bill 2019 to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw earlier this month. The proposed tax reduction rate, or tax amnesty, could see tax rates revised to 3 percent for income […]