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IRB to use ‘star power’ to urge Malaysians to pay taxes

Free Malaysia Today logo Free Malaysia Today 12/2/2018 FMT Reporters
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PETALING JAYA: The Inland Revenue Department (IRB) has come up with a new strategy to urge people to pay their taxes while travelling during the Chinese New Year holidays.

In its Facebook page, IRB says it will hold “meet and greet sessions with artistes Fizz Fairuz, Remy Ishak, Elizabeth Tan and Ippo Hafiz”.

The sessions will be held at popular rest and service areas (R&R) along the North-South Expressway. The event is titled “Sharing Nation’s Prosperity”.

Tomorrow’s session will be at the Seremban (south-facing) R&R while Wednesday’s session will be held at the Tapah (north-facing) R&R.

The IRB has also partnered with the Customs Department to speed up the collection of goods and services tax (GST).

In November, 2017, IRB officially launched its “Operasi Mega” (Ops Mega) to reach a higher tax collection of RM134.7 billion in 2018, from its 2017 targeted collection of RM127 billion.

The tax authority had taken civil action against taxpayers who failed to pay the taxes they owed under the Income Tax Act 1967, with fines and demand notices filed in court.

The civil action involved 1,393 cases, with unpaid taxes and arrears amounting to RM120.27 million.

The IRB had also identified 4,158 cases, comprising individual and corporate taxpayers, who will be subject to tax audits.

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