Trekkers file tax returns from Mt Kinabalu

Trekkers file tax returns from Mt Kinabalu

KOTA KINABALU - Filing your income tax returns is a breeze - even near the peak of Mount Kinabalu as proven by two trekkers.

Using just their phones, Nilawati Arshad, 37, and her friend Endah Widayu, 34, were able to submit their BNCP forms to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) online from the mountain.

"There were no problems in filing our income tax returns. The forms were saved in our phones, and we could print them later," said Nilawati.

They were among 12 IRB offi­cers who submitted their income tax returns through its Internet-based e-Filing (via computers) and m-Filing (via smartphones) services at the Laban Rata rest house near the mountain's highest point Low's Peak on April 5.

A group of 30 IRB officers took part in the trek up Mount Kinabalu as an initiative to promote the e-Filing and m-Filing services.

The group that started its trek at Mesilou at the mountain base was flagged off by IRB deputy chief executive (tax operations) Datuk Sabin Samitah.

Noting that the IRB staff paid for the trek themselves, Sabin said the event was an opportunity to promote e-Filing and m-Filing among those they met along the way.

"We want taxpayers to realise the convenience of using both services. It is faster than sending in the conventional forms via post or courier. They would also receive any reimbursements from us quicker," he said.

He said that as of April 7, the IRB had received more than 1.1 million income tax returns through the e-Filing and m-Filing services.

This was a 16 per cent increase compared with the corresponding period last year. The IRB expects some four million income tax returns through both services.

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