That dreaded time of the year is almost at hand. Yes people, I’m talking about the filing of income tax returns!
The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has recently issued the filing programme for income tax return forms in the year 2013. The types and categories of forms, general date of their availability and their due dates for submission are reproduced below:
According to the IRB’s 2013 Filing Programme, a grace period until 30 April 2013 is granted for e-Filing of the Employer’s Return of Remuneration (Form E 2012) instead of 31 March 2013 for normal filing.
It is also interesting to know that for tax returns submitted using the IRB’s e-Filing system, a further 15-days grace period from the official due dates of submission as stated above, is granted. This grace period also applies to payment of the balance of tax. If an income tax return is filed via post, a grace period of 3 working days is granted. However, there is NO grace period for filing by hand.
An additional bit of good news for users of the e-Filing system is that in the event that a tax return is submitted late, the rate of penalty stipulated by LHDNM can be reduced by 5% if the relevant tax return is submitted via e-Filing.
In the event that a taxpayer is unable to meet the tax filing deadline, the taxpayer may apply for an extension of time for filing of the tax return.The application must be furnished together with reasonable and strong justification and will be considered based on the merit of each case. The application must be received by the IRB 15 days before the due date for submission of the form. Otherwise, the application will be rejected.
Also important to note is that an extension of time for filing AND for payment of the balance of tax payable must be made to IRB separately.
The application for an extension of time for filing must be submitted to the following address:
Pengarah Bahagian Dasar & Operasi
Jabatan Operasi Cukai
Aras 12, Menara Hasil
Persiaran Rimba Permai
Cyber 8, Peti Surat 11833
Selangor Darul Ehsan
Where the approval is granted, the tax return must be submitted by e-Filing, failing which, the approval will be withdrawn and a late submission penalty imposed.
For detailed information on the IRB’s 2013 Filing Programme, please visit the IRB’s website.