Chamber members advised to register for GST before Dec 31 deadline

Brief Caption:Penang Chinese Chamber of Comerce for Terms 2012/2014 President Dato'Seri Choot Ewe Seng.

THE Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce’s (PCCC) Economic, Finance and Taxation sub-committee will advise and assist its members on the goods and services tax (GST) registration.

Chamber president Datuk Seri Choot Ewe Seng (pic) said the sub-committee had members who were professionals in taxation and accounting.

“Members should be mindful that they have to register on or before Dec 31.

“So, there is only three months left for them to do so.

“If they have any problems or questions regarding the registration, they can always approach the sub-committee for advice and assistance,” he told a press conference at the PCCC office in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, George Town, recently.

Also present was PCCC executive advisor Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping.

Choot said members could walk in to the PCCC office every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, from this Saturday to Dec 13, for free consultation.

However, he advised them to make an appointment first.

“Up till Aug 28, only 20,625 of the 300,000-odd companies in the country have registered for the GST.

“This is only 6% of the total number and since there is about three months left, companies should act fast to register,” he added.

On another matter, Choot said members who were operating hotels, especially those who had applied for licences from the Penang Municipal Council and had yet to obtain approval, should seek help from the chamber.

“The state government has given these hotel operators a grace period from March 15 to Sept 30 to obtain the permits.

“But so far only 11 hotel operators have received the approval while another 72 have yet to get theirs,” he said.

He added that PCCC had also set up a Property Development, Construction and Management sub-committee to churn out ideas which would be compiled and submitted to the local government and the Federal Government for issues involving the concerned sectors to be addressed.

“This sub-committee will include members from the relevant sectors who can give their ideas and expertise to address some of the issues,” he said.

For any enquiries or assistance, contact Serena Ng at 04-2626244 or visit the PCCC at the 9th floor, Penang Chinese Town Hall Building, 22, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, 10200 Penang.

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