September 20, 2017

Growers request relief on two per cent tax levied on vegetable exports

While vegetables are in surplus in the country, Myanmar vegetable exporters have not yet earnd a good income.  Photo: Aye Min Soe
While vegetables are in surplus in the country, Myanmar vegetable exporters have not yet earnd a good income.
Photo: Aye Min Soe

The Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association (MFFVPEA) has requested the revision of a  two per cent of advanced income tax levied on vegetable exports.
“We vegetable exporters have to pay two per cent of advanced income tax in the border areas. If we carry the vegetables with 17-tonne truck, we have to pay for 17 tonnes of loads although they are not 17 tonnes in weight. The vegetable merchants are also faced with losses of the vegetables. We have to pay advanced income tax even if we have not earned any money.
Therefore, we have submitted a request to relax the advanced income tax to the Ministry of Planning and Finance”, said U Kyaw Thu, the secretary of Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producerand Exporter Association.
“We have requested to pay income tax under the name of the growers. If it is not allowed to pay, we want the authorities to relax two per cent of advanced income tax and we want them to levy a tax depending on the actual income of the whole year.”
Currently, the vegetable merchants have to pay two per cent of advanced income tax at the department concerned. When they pay income tax for the whole year, deducting a relief, two per cent of advanced income tax will be reimbursed.
The association organizes the vegetables expo and conducts technical awareness campaigns of the agriculture.
They also go on inspection tours to the farms, making the growers connect with the businessmen.
Winrock International has been providing agricultural awareness campaigns to the growers in Southern Shan State with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  — Zar Zar

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