Mandalay to reduce excise duty for restaurants

The Mandalay Region government has cut excise duty for restaurants by 25 percent to help sustain the industry in the region.
This comes following proposals by the Myanmar Restaurant Entrepreneurs Association (Mandalay) to relieve the eateries of their expenses in light of the current COVID-19 situation, said the association’s U Thingyan Kyaw.

“Our association has been reporting on this since the middle of December. Restaurants are facing problems as we cannot provide dine-in services. We can only provide take-aways so our income dropped. We submitted a proposal for excise duty relief as (dine-in services in) restaurants have been suspended for about a year and the regional government has responded by cutting the excise duty out of consideration for us,” he said.

The suspension of dine-in services, coupled with ongoing expenses such as rental and tax, has seen many restaurants close for good during this period. The General Administrative Department has studied the situation and instructed the regional government to cut 25 percent of excise duty on nine items for the 2020-2021 financial year. “Restaurants are closed to this day but street shops are open. Some small shops are opening again after the regional government lifted the semi-lockdown. We have made proposals to allow every
shop to reopen. We would like the stalls reopening to prepare and comply in accordance with the instructions from the Ministry of Health and Sports,” said U Thingyan Kyaw. -Translated

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Source: Myanmar Times

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