‘No tax defaulters among expatriates’

CYBERJAYA: Records show that no expatriate workers in the country had failed to pay the taxes imposed on them, says Immigration Department director-general Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

“So far none (has failed to pay taxes). They have all complied because this is one of the main requirements for them to renew their expatriate pass to continue working in the country,” he said.

He told a press conference this after a ceremony for signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Immigration Department and the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) on information sharing on expatriates here yesterday.The MOU, effective until 2025, was signed by Khairul Dzaimee and IRB chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Nizom Sairi and witnessed by Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Wan Ahmad Dahlan Abdul Aziz.

With this cooperation, the Immigration Department could stop expatriates from leaving the country if they fail to settle their tax dues, Bernama reported Khairul Dzaimee as saying.

Among the data available for sharing under the MOU are names, nationalities, passport numbers, records of exit from and entry into Malaysia and periods of validity of expatriate passes.

This MOU is an extension of the first one signed between the two entities on June 19, 2014, for a five-year period, which expired on June 18, 2019.

There are now 162,170 individuals holding active expatriate passes in Malaysia.

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