Customs to audit 200,000 retailers for GST collection
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