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Published: Thursday May 1, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday May 1, 2014 MYT 7:03:50 AM

2.5 million taxpayers file returns via e-filing

Manual mode: Taxpayers putting their return forms into special boxes provided by the IRB in the foyer of Menara PGRM, Cheras.

Manual mode: Taxpayers putting their return forms into special boxes provided by the IRB in the foyer of Menara PGRM, Cheras.

PETALING JAYA: Some 2.5 million taxpayers have filed their tax returns to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) via e-filing system.

Of these, 2,086,447 taxpayers were those with employment income (Form BE) and the rest with business income (Form B). The deadline for e-filing is May 15.

As for manual returns, thousands of taxpayers submitted their forms at IRB offices nationwide before the deadline yesterday.

IRB customer care officer Asrul Sani Shamsuddin said for the past three days, about 200 people went to the IRB office at the PJ Trade Centre to sort out their tax returns.

“We have always reminded taxpayers that if they file early, they will receive their refunds early as well. This could have contributed to the decrease in last-minute filings,” he added.

Asrul said most taxpayers were pleasantly surprised to see a “special relief” of RM2,000 in their tax filing.

The special tax relief, which was announced by the Government in Budget 2014 last year, targeted at the middle-income group which is the largest taxpaying group.

Those earning an aggregate income of up to RM96,000 (monthly income up to RM8,000) are eligible for the special relief for Year Assessment 2013, with savings of up to RM480.

“Many taxpayers are not aware of this relief and only find out when they do e-filing as the relief is already calculated into the system,” Asrul said.

IRB corporate communications director Nor Azirah Mohd Said, when contacted, said IRB hoped that the overall tax compliance rate for all categories of taxpayers would reach 80%.

“High tax compliance rate is a good indicator of a developed nation. We can see whether we will reach the target after July 15, which is the deadline for electronic Form B,” she said.

Tags / Keywords: Government, taxpayers, tax, inland revenue board, tax returns, relief

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