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Authorities to levy income taxes on melon, cucumber production in Sagaing Region

A farmer works in the muskmelon farm in Nay Pyi Taw.  Photo: Aye Min Soe
A farmer works in the muskmelon farm in Nay Pyi Taw.  Photo: Aye Min Soe

Arrangements have been made to collect income taxes from entrepreneurs who export melon to China via borders and high income earners who are local and foreign producers in Sagaing Region, beginning this year, said U Aung Myint, Deputy Director of the regional Internal Revenue Department.
He added that authorities will collect income tax calculated on the net incomes of the businesses after deducting reliefs and allowances.
Melons and cucumbers are yearly cultivated starting in September in Sagaing Region, where there are Chinese workers, including skilled employees. The department will levy income taxes on their salaries according to the existing laws. For employees, no tax is payable if their total income does not exceed Ks4.8 million per annum. Based on citizens and foreigners, tax assessments may vary.
This will be the first time authorities plan to collect income taxes from the companies which are making commercial production of melons and cucumbers in the region, although they have employed foreign workers since the past five years.
Negotiations were made between the department and those companies in August in order to collect income taxes from Chinese agriculturalists appointed by those companies. Apart from Leshi, Lahe and Nanyun in Naga area, revenue officers from the rest townships are putting more efforts to collect income taxes from targeted individuals. No tax will be collected from small-scale farmers.—Myo Win Tun (Monywa)

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