The Ministry of Finance says additional taxes have not been imposed on several food items including sprats and dried fish through the issuance of a gazette notification yesterday.
The Finance Ministry said through the gazette issued yesterday, the period in which the existing Special Commodity Levy on several items will be applicable, has been extended.
Accordingly, the existing taxes that were due to expire on the 11th of August have been extended till the 30th of September.
Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa yesterday issued an extraordinary gazette notification under section 2 of the Special Commodity Levy Act, No.48 of 2007, rescinding a previously imposed gazette to bring in a special commodity levy on several items.
Accordingly, a levy of Rs.100 will be imposed on a kilo of sprats and dried fish. A Rs.50 levy will be imposed on a kilogram of mathe seed. A levy of Rs.150 will be imposed on a kilo of kurakkan flour, while mustard seeds will be taxed at Rs.62 per kilogram.
The Finance Ministry has also imposed a Rs.40 levy on salt and pure sodium chloride.
The highest levy has been imposed on butter and dairy spreads.