THE Kedah government has agreed to extend the due date for payment of land tax in the state to lighten the burden faced by taxpayers who have been affected by the movement control order (MCO) which was imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir said the due date for the payment of land tax would be extended from May 31 to Sept 30, without any penalty for late payment which would involve 530,000 accounts.
“The state government will also allow taxpayers from various categories to pay land tax in instalments until Dec 31, ” he said.
Speaking to reporters after chairing a state exco meeting at Wisma Darul Aman in Alor Setar on Wednesday, Mukhriz said taxpayers who wanted to pay the land tax in instalments could apply to do so at the Land Office in their respective districts.
He said the public are also encouraged to pay their land tax online, while those in rural areas could do so at any of the 33 Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) branches or BSN agents in the state.
Meanwhile, Mukhriz said food premises that are allowed to operate during the MCO period in the month of Ramadan must use the services of registered food delivery companies and the permitted operating hours for Muslim eateries are from 3pm to 8pm.
He added that the state government had discussed this with several food delivery companies including Foodpanda Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Sumhero Sdn Bhd (Odamakan) and Go Eat Sdn Bhd.
“The cleanliness of the food preparation process must also be observed and the state hopes that this initiative will help move the state’s economy.
“The business landscape now is more towards online transactions and entrepreneurs must be prepared to adapt to the changes, ” he said.
On Tuesday, the state decided that individuals keen on providing food delivery services in the state during the MCO must be registered with the local authorities.
State industry and investment, local government and housing committee chairman Tan Kok Yew was reported to have said that all food delivery operators must abide by the procedures, including the permitted 10km-radius of delivery from the applicant’s current address. — Bernama