KOTA KINABALU: Four business premises in the state capital have been compounded RM5,000 each by the State Customs Department for not issuing Goods and Services Tax (GST) receipts to customers.
Sabah Customs director Datuk Dr Hj Janathan Kandok said the four businesses comprised restaurants and sundry shops.
“They were compounded RM5,000 each for their respective offenses.
“Normally the offence carries a fine of RM15,000 but due to the amnesty, the compound was reduced to RM5,000,” he said, adding that the offences were committed since the implementation of GST in April 2015.
Janathan said this during the ‘Jom Meminta Resit GST’ prize presentation at the Royal Malaysian Customs office here yesterday.
Also present were State Customs deputy director of GST, Madrim Hj Hasan, deputy director of enforcement Hj Yunos Tahir, deputy director Mohd Idris Shahrom, deputy director of compliance Aziz Mohd Noor and deputy director of pre-tax Tuang A/L Aleong.
According to Janathan, the purpose of the program was to encourage the people to request for receipt during any transactions from shopkeepers or vendors so that the customers knowswhether the goods or services were subjected to GST.
“Since the GST was implemented on April 1, 2015, we have received many complaints such as shops or businesses that have registered for GST did not issue the appropriate invoice or receipt in compliance with the Goods and Services Tax Act 2014 requirement.
“Because of this, the Royal Malaysia Customs (RMC) has organized such a program, Jom Meminta Resit GST, to encourage the people to always ask for receipt for all their purchases,” he said, adding that the receipt was also an evidence to claim later if something would have happened during the business transaction.
“This is also to ensure that shops or businesses that have registered comply with the regulations set by the government under Sections 33, 34 and 36 of the Goods and Services Tax Act 2014.
Meanwhile, Janathan said the RMC had received 146,968 receipts from 13,069 participants for the ‘Jom Meminta Resit GST’ draw for the period of April to May 2016.
From the entries, Sabah was the highest with 118 participants compared to other states, he said.
The next draw will be held a couple of months from now and Janathan encouraged all participants to start keeping their receipts for the next draw.