Reimburse states from GST collection to ease social burden, Putrajaya told

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 23 — Lim Guan Eng urged the federal government today to emulate developed nations like Australia and return some of the consumer tax collected to the state governments to be used for public projects.

The Penang chief minister said his state administration and local government agencies have not been spared the 6 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) charge since its introduction in April last year, and have paid RM48 million a year since.

“This unnecessary cost has only imposed a greater burden on the state and local governments,” he said in a statement.

 

GST: one third of firms still struggling

Kuala Lumpur: One and a half years after implementing the goods and services tax (GST), the Customs Department found in its current audit of GST–registered firms that a third of them have problems with the new tax regime.

Under the first phase of the Customs Blue Ocean Strategy Operations, which began on Sept 1, the department targets to audit 50,000 firms to ensure they are on the right track.

Customs deputy director-general (customs and GST) Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy told Nanyang Siang Pau that the first week of the exercise went smoothly but of the firms audited, one-third were facing problems and the main one was their failure to provide information accurately in their GST returns.

Court orders Seremban textile company to pay RM195k in GST

SEREMBAN: The Sessions Court here today ordered a textiles and clothing company to settle a balance of RM195,835.65 in Goods & Services Tax (GST) it owed the government. The GST civil action against WSF Trading is the first of its kind in the state. The government served as the plaintiff while Wong Sing Fei, the sole director of the company, was the defendant. Judge N.Kanageswani, in chambers, ordered the defendant to settle the amount from the judgment date. In its statement of claim, the defendant had filed its GST statements for September and October 2015, amounting to RM195,835.65. The plaintiff had filed the notice of claim on November when the defendant failed to settle the amount. The plaintiff said it made various efforts to get the defendant to pay up, which proved futile. The plaintiff was represented by Negri Sembilan Customs prosecutor Amirul Syafiq Mahadi while Wong was unrepresented.

the source: www.nst.com.my

Eatery found not issuing GST receipts

GEORGE TOWN: A famous Nasi Kandar restaurant in Penang Road was caught red handed collecting Good and Services Tax (GST) but not issuing receipts to customers.

The shop was busted in a sting operations led by state Customs Department deputy director Mohd Imran Mohd Roslan.

The officers also seized the outlet’s CCTV footage in the raid at 8pm on Monday to aid investigations under the GST Act Section 33 for not issuing a tax invoice. If found guilty, the owner faces a fine of up to RM30,000 or a maximum of two years in jail or both. Malaysian Muslim Restaurant Owners Association said such a raid is expected and guilty operators should give no excuses.

Its president Noorul Hassan Saul Hameed said business owners have sufficient time to upgrade their systems to be GST-compliant.

“The excuse that business owners are unaware or lack resources is no longer viable. It has been more than a year since GST has been implemented,” he said

the source: www.thestar.com.my

Customs Dept to audit firms on GST from Sept 1

About 50,000 companies have been identified for the first phase of the audit to ensure they are on the right track, says Customs director Khazali Ahmad.

 

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) will launch the Customs Blue Ocean Strategy Operation (Ops CBOS) in phases from Sept 1 to audit companies registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Customs Department director Khazali Ahmad said about 50,000 companies were identified for the first phase of the audit to ensure they were on the right track.

“There are 420,000 companies registered for the GST. After implementation of this new tax regime one-and-a-half years ago, we want to ensure everything is being done in the correct manner.

“We will initially start with these 50,000 companies, which we have randomly selected. The next batch for the exercise will be in March next year,” he added.

He told reporters this at the GST Conference 2016 and launch of the Ops CBOS.

Khazali said the first phase of the Ops CBOS would involve 1,500 Customs officers and run until the end of the year.

“We welcome any suggestions or input from the public, especially tax practitioners like accountants, as to the cost of the GST implementation.

“They may have found something not right and can make suggestions to the department, so that the necessary changes can be made in our implementation,” he added.