Only 27% of bosses in Malaysia submitted tax E-forms last year

Only 27% of bosses in Malaysia submitted tax E-forms last year

PETALING JAYA - After recording a dismal 27 per cent electronic submission of the E-form by employers last year, the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) will take measures to ensure its target of 80 per cent is met by the end of this year.

For 2013 tax declaration (submission until 2014), only 27 per cent or 82,000 out of 303,000 employers submitted their E-form electronically, said IRB's chief executive officer Tan Sri Dr Mohd Shukor Mahfar.

"One of the outreach measures is to conduct similar seminars in 10 locations nationwide, with the first being jointly organised with the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) here," he said when opening the IRB-MEF Seminar 2015 themed Implementation of Monthly Tax Deduction as Final Tax yesterday.

The event was also attended by MEF president Tan Sri Azman Shah Haron and its executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan.

Similar seminars will also be conducted in nine other locations nationwide, namely in Penang, Johor Baru, Kuala Terengganu, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

Dr Mohd Shukor added that the online and print media publicity would continue until Dec 31, while employers too had the option of inviting IRB personnel for talks at their organisations.

Shamsuddin attributed the low percentage of tax electronic submission by employers to the culture and mindset of the people who found it difficult to migrate to using online services.

He added that computer literacy among owners of small and medium enterprises was also a factor.

Shamsudin suggested that the Gover­nment come up with attractive incentives or tax rebates to encourage more employers to submit their taxes online.

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