Online filing of tax returns


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 29 Jan 2004

BY M. KRISHNAMOORTHY

KUALA LUMPUR: Taxpayers will soon be able to file their tax returns and get their documents stamped online using Mykad to access the Inland Revenue Board website. 

The Inland Revenue Board will launch the electronic system next month for companies filing self-assessment returns, and by the end of this year, this facility will be available to all the four million taxpayers. 

Self-assessment for companies start from Year of Assessment 2003 and for individuals 2004.  

E-stamping for legal and other documents, like sale and purchase of properties, will also begin next month. 

This service will be available to everyone following its launch. 

IRB chief executive Tan Sri Zainol Abidin Abdul Rashid said the board decided to implement the system following its successful testing here. 

Zainol Abidin said he would launch the online systems in Johor Baru for accountants, tax agents and lawyers.  

“We want to start with a smaller town and move to Penang and other places before going nationwide,” he told The Star

Zainol Abidin said the move was aimed at reducing red tape and save taxpayers' time as they would otherwise have to drive to IRB offices and wait in line. 

The electronic filing and stamping systems, which utilises the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) digital signature, were developed by the IRB with the collaboration of Mimos.  

Allaying fears over the security of the online service, Zainol Abidin said the PKI was an international security standard for secure online transactions and communications using encryption and digital certificate technology. 

Zainol Abidin said that as self-assessment “is a new thing,” his officers were willing to visit companies and large groups of taxpayers who need to be guided on how to fill the tax returns. 

The education campaign on self-assessment started two years ago.  

“Feel free to call on us to brief taxpayers on how to file self-assessment. 

“More information on self-assessment can be (found) on our website www.hasilnet.org.my,” Zainol Abidin added. 

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