Cus­toms to au­dit 200,000 re­tail­ers for GST col­lec­tion

New Straits Times - - News -

BUTTERWORTH: The Cus­toms Depart­ment will tar­get er­rant re­tail­ers, in­clud­ing hard­ware stores, phar­ma­cies, sundry shops and car deal­ers, in its na­tion­wide Op Cus­toms Blue Ocean Strat­egy (CBOS) 3.0.

Its deputy di­rec­tor-gen­eral (Cus­toms and Goods and Ser­vices Tax), Datuk Zulk­i­fli Yahya, said the depart­ment would au­dit re­tail­ers dur­ing the year-long op­er­a­tion, aimed at mon­i­tor­ing 200,000 Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST) reg­is­trants.

“GST reg­is­trants, es­pe­cially re­tail­ers, are sup­posed to col­lect the six per cent GST when a trans­ac­tion takes place. We do not want sit­u­a­tions where re­tail­ers reg­is­tered for GST but do not col­lect the GST amount.

“This is why we are car­ry­ing out this CBOS 3.0 to mon­i­tor and iden­tify re­tail­ers who are not charg­ing GST prop­erly,” he said af­ter launch­ing the state-level op­er­a­tion at the Se­berang Jaya Cus­toms Com­plex in Jalan Per­pus­takaan here yes­ter­day.

Zulk­i­fli said the depart­ment had vis­ited 15,000 re­tail­ers na­tion­wide.

“If we iden­tify any reg­is­trant wrongly declar­ing GST or vi­o­lat­ing GST rules, we will ad­vise them and give them 30 days to make the rec­ti­fi­ca­tion.

How­ever, he said the depart­ment would not hes­i­tate to take ac­tion against er­rant re­tail­ers once the op­er­a­tion ended.

Datuk Ab­dul Aziz Aban

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