JOHOR BARU: The Johor Customs Department is confident of achieving its target of collecting RM1.8bil in taxes this year compared to last year's RM1.7bil.
Its director Sarmin Md Hussain said that apart from launching awareness campaigns for businessmen and the public, the department would also focus on tax collection from business operators applying for new licences and those with existing licences.
“We will also focus more on sales and service taxes because we found out that some of the businessmen have not been responsible in submitting their taxes.
“We are targeting RM870mil in internal taxes for the state this year. Up to April, the department has collected a total of RM124.87mil in internal taxes,” said Sarmin.
He added that internal taxes were the main contributors for the overall tax collection in the state.
Sarmin was speaking at a press conference after presenting a motorcycle and video compact disc player to SK Tanjung Surat and a vacuum cleaner to the Tanjung Surat mosque in Tanjung Surat, Kota Tinggi here on Friday.
He said besides collecting taxes, the Customs Department was also conscientious and caring towards the community, especially to those living in rural areas.
“Everyone has a social responsibility and although we might be performing our duties as tax collectors, we also have the responsibility to give what we can to the needy,” he said.