Workforce Payments Guide Sri Lanka
Last updated: Feb 07, 2024
3rd Party Payments
|Inland Revenue Department
|On or before 30th of November, of the succeeding year of assessment
|Online Tax Payment Platform (OTPP) through LankaPay CEFTS
|Social Security Contribution Levy (SSCL)
|Every registered person shall furnish to the Commissioner General a return in writing for every quarter on or before the twentieth day of the month after the end of each relevant quarter
|Payments can be made at any branch of Bank of Ceylon
Papaya Global supports workforce payments in Sri Lanka with Potential local requirements.
Daily, weekly, fortnightly, or on a monthly basis.
The Know-Your-Customer (KYC) process in Sri Lanka involves:
Customer Identification: The customer’s identity is verified using reliable, independent source documents, data, or information.
Beneficial Ownership Identification: The beneficial owner of the customer is identified and reasonable measures are taken to verify their identity.
Understanding Business Relationship: Information on the purpose and intended nature of the business relationship is obtained.
Ongoing Due Diligence: Regular monitoring of the business relationship is conducted to ensure transactions are consistent with the institution’s knowledge of the customer, their business, and risk profile.
In Sri Lanka, the specific banking regulations that impact cross-border workforce payments include:
1. The Banking Act and the Monetary Law Act which are the primary statutes governing the banking industry.
2. The Payment and Settlement Systems Act that empowers CBSL’s Payments and Settlements Division to regulate and supervise payments, clearing and settlement systems, and prescribe relevant policies.
3. The Foreign Exchange Act and regulations which regulate foreign currency related matters.
4. The Financial Transactions Reporting Act, Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act, Prevention of Money Laundering Act and Convention on the Suppression of Terrorist Financing Act, which regulate the anti-money laundering and countering terrorist financing regime.
5. A cybersecurity bill and data privacy bill were proposed in 2019 and are currently in the process of being finalised before it is put to the parliament for enactment. These could potentially impact online and digital cross-border payments.
Opening a bank account
Opening a company bank account in Sri Lanka typically involves the following steps:
- The business should be registered in Sri Lanka. This can include various types of businesses such as sole proprietorships, partnership businesses, limited companies, societies, clubs, and associations.
- A visit to a chosen bank branch is usually required to discuss the requirements with a bank officer.
- An account opening application needs to be completed.
- A Board Resolution authorizing the opening of the account is usually required.
- A copy of Form 20 (Change of Directors/Secretary and Particulars of Directors/Secretary) under the Companies Act is typically needed.
Depending on the nature of the business entity, business registration certificates issued under the Business Names Ordinance and other business-related documents specified in the application form may be required.
These requirements can vary depending on the bank and the type of business.
Major foreign banks operating in the country include ICICI Bank, Union Commercial Bank, HSBC (Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation), Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank, and State Bank of India.
Major Local Banks
The major local banks operating in Sri Lanka are:
1. Bank of Ceylon
2. The Commercial Bank of Ceylon Ltd.
3. Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB)
4. Pan Asia Banking Corporation PLC
5. People’s Bank
6. Sampath Bank PLC
7. Seylan Bank PLC
8. Union Bank Sri Lanka PLC
The B2C payment tools available in Sri Lanka include:
2. Sri Lanka Interbank Payment System (SLIPS)
3. Credit/Debit/Charge/Stored Value cards
4. National Card Scheme
5. Customer account-based mobile payments
6. Internet banking
7. QR code-based payments
8. Online payment gateways
9. Sampath Bank Payment Gateway
10. Seylan Bank Payment Gateway
11. Commercial Bank Payment Gateway
12. HNB Bank Payment Gateway
13. Nation Trust Bank Payment Gateway
23. Simple Pay
24. Credit and debit cards, e-wallets, vouchers, instant bank transfer, mobile solutions.
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has not issued any license or authorized any individual or company to operate schemes involving cryptocurrencies.
Cryptocurrencies are not recognized as a legal tender in Sri Lanka and there are significant financial, operational, legal, and security-related risks associated with their use. The public is also warned that there are no regulatory safeguards related to their usage in the country. Therefore, while cryptocurrencies are not illegal, they exist in a legal grey area and those who use them do so at their own risk.