Individuals with overseas bank accounts urged to declare income to IRB

08 Feb 2019 / 16:47 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: Individuals with overseas bank accounts and those having previously undeclared income are being urged to report it immediately to the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB).

The IRB said it had begun receiving information, particularly with regards to ownership of overseas bank accounts from September 2018, under the Automatic Exchange of information (AEOI) with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

“We have issued letters and sent e-mails targeting those taxpayers with overseas bank accounts and who have failed to file their tax returns as required.

“Taxpayers in this category are requested to contact the IRB and report their income,” it added in a statement here today.

The IRB has introduced the Special Programme for Voluntary Disclosure to enable taxpayers to make voluntary disclosures of income generated from sources within Malaysia and kept in overseas bank accounts, but not as yet reported to it.

The government has also agreed to reduce the penalty for this from 300% to 10% if the income is reported by or before March 31, 2019, and 15%, if done before or by June 30, 2019.

In another development, Sabin said action had been taken based on complaints against a few of its officers who carried out their duties unprofessionally, intimidated taxpayers and did not follow specified work procedures.

Sabin in the meantime assured that audits or investigations will not involve raids on the homes of taxpayers at midnight.

“Taxpayers are encouraged to lodge complaints if there is any such misconduct and the IRB will not hesitate to take action against any IRB officers who are found to have breached specified work procedures,” he added.

Complaints can be channelled to e-mail aduan@hasil.gov.my. — Bernama

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