PM: Bankrupts not left out

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 21 Mar 2017

TAXPAYERS who have been de­clared bankrupt by the Insolvency Department are still qualified to receive government assistance such as the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M).

“Individual taxpayers who have been declared bankrupt and are registered with the Insolvency Depart­ment can still receive aid from the Government, such as BR1M,” Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said in a written reply in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

He was responding to a question by Datuk Dr Makin @ Marcus Mojigoh (BN-Putatan), who asked whether the Government intends to declare bankrupt those who fail to pay their taxes and the type of assistance offered to such individuals.

On the amount collected by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said the total gross direct tax collected stood at RM114.02bil as of Dec 31, while income tax that had yet to be collected was estimated at RM6.81bil.

“Tax laws enable the Government to take action against those who fail to pay outstanding amounts.

“Before we take civil action, a reminder letter as well as a notice of arrears will be sent to the taxpayer. We can also bar him from leaving the country, based on Section 104 of the Income Tax Act 1967.” he added.

“If all else fails, and the taxpayer still refuses to pay the arrears, the Government will initiate civil action under Section 106 of the Income Tax Act 1967.

“If that is unsuccessful, the Government can take action to declare that person a bankrupt and move to close his business.”

Najib also noted that a total of 116 bankruptcy cases had been registered with the Insolvency Depart­ment and the IRB, involving tax arrears of RM14.4mil.

“Of the total number, 93 cases involved individual taxpayers and RM11.32mil, while the rest involved companies or corporations,” he said.

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