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, […]

Better oil and gas deals needed in the future, say experts

Efforts must be taken to lessen Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise’s (MOGE) tax burden from contracts signed with joint-venture firms to work offshore oil and gas fields, a report states. According to the “State-Owned Economic Enterprise Reform in Myanmar: The Case of Natural Resource Enterprises” report by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI) and Renaissance […]

Car trade on recovery path

With the tax policy remaining unchanged, car trade has picked up a bit in the last two weeks, according to the automobile market. A few tax relief measures were incorporated in the draft of the 2018 Union Tax Law. Therefore, dealers were observing the automobile market in the first three months of the calendar year, […]

Yangon Internal Revenue Dept. Sets 10 Percent Lower Property Price

The Yangon Price Valuation Board of the Internal Rev­enue Department under the Ministry of Planning and Finance released a new price rate for proper­ty, 10 percent lower than last year. This year’s price valu­ation establishes prop­erty to cost K500,000 per square foot, down from K550,000 the previous fiscal year. The Price Valuation Board sets the […]

Traders repeat calls for tax reduction

Businesses in jade and gemstone sector have, again, asked for tax reduction, and have set out recommendations for the government with the aim to make Myanmar competitive in gemstone export. During a meeting last week, the vice president and the minister of the Ministry of Planning and Finance have been requested by various businesses in […]

Tax Exemption on Interest Income Questioned

​​ The Ministry of Planning and Finance has issued a statement on February 19 that income tax will not be levied on interest from bank savings and deposits. The statement means that tax on interest from bank deposits will be exempted in the coming 2017-18 fiscal year. However, interest from bank deposits is not the […]

Tax levied on real estate dealing in Bago Region earned over US$410million

The tax levied on real estate transactions in Bago Region in the six months of this fiscal year has reached over US$410million, it is learnt from the Bago Region Internal Revenue Department. The tax has to be paid per the prescribed tax rate at the tax office in the regional government concerned when real property […]

Gems and Jewellery Entrepreneurs Hustles for Lower Tax Rate

Gem entrepreneurs have urged the Ministry of Planning and Finance to review the commercial tax rate on the gems sector which is listed as a special item in the Special Commodities Tax Law. In 2015, the commercial tax rate was set at 15 percent for raw gem stones such as jade, rubies, sapphires, emeralds and […]

Rising Supply Pushes Up Real Estate Mortgage Rates

With rising supply in the real estate market, property owners are finding themselves up against new competition which is causing the property bubble in Myanmar to deflate and more owners are looking to mortgage their land due to the lack of buyers. Starting from 2000, trade in the real estate market started to develop and […]

MPs call for effective tax collection reform

MEMBERS of parliament stressed the need for reforming taxes in order to foster the country’s current social and economic reforms while debating the Joint Public Accounts Committee’s report on the tax collection target for the second six months of this fiscal year during a session of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday. Dr Thet Thet Khine of […]