LHDN MALAYSIA

LHDN Malaysia is the abbreviation of Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia or, The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia.



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I was thinking since tax is as certain as death, why not try to understand the "love letters" from LHDN in Bahasa Malaysia? Allow me to show a sample sent to me recently:



Tuan/Puan,


NOTIS TUNTUTAN BAYARAN CUKAI TERTUNGGAK


Dengan hormatnya saya merujuk kepada perkara di atas,

2. Mengikut rekod LHDN pada 03/10/2006 tuan/puan didapati belum menyelesaikan cukai pendapatan tertunggak berjumlah RM 266.00 Jumlah ini bagaimana pun belum mengambil kira kenaikan cukai ( penalti ) yang sepatutnya di bawah Akta Cukai Pendapatan (ACP), 1967 dan lain-lain pelarasan, jika ada, yang akan diberitahu kepada tuan/puan kemudian kelak.


Translation:


Sir/Madam


NOTICE OF CLAIM ON ARREARS OF TAXES


With all respect, I refer to the matter above,



2. According to LHDN record on 03/10/2006 sir/madam has not settled an accrued amount of income tax totalling RM 266.00 However this sum does not include the increase in tax ( penalty ) rightly under the Income Tax Act 1967 and other adjustments, if there are, of which sir/madam will be notified in future.



*Advice from a tax expert: Ignorance of the law is very rarely accepted as a valid excuse for non-compliance. Tax officials can often give accurate and simple instructions about how to deal with tax matters. They would prefer that the taxpayers get their taxes right the first time. Tax authorities do not want to persecute taxpayers for non-compliance.



Implication: Wan is ignorant of the Malaysian tax law. Despite LHDN Malaysia displaying its slogan "Mesra, Membantu, Memuaskan", Wan has not come forward to meet the friendly tax officials.


3. Dengan itu tuan/puan adalah dinasihatkan membuat pembayaran kepada LHDN kesemua jumlah cukai tertunggak berkenaan dalam tempoh 30 hari dari tarikh surat ini dikeluarkan. Bayaran boleh dibuat di Kaunter Bayaran LHDN,...atau di mana-mana Bank Bumiputra Commerce dan Public Bank Berhad.


Translation:


3. Therefore, sir/madam is advised to pay to LHDN all the aforementioned tax arrears within 30 days from the date this letter is issued. Payment can be made at LHDN payment counter...or wherever there is Bank Bumiputra Commerce and Public Bank Berhad.
Implication: No negotiation is possible. Wan must kowtow to the infallible God the Almighty LHDN Malaysia...how Wan get the money to pay is of no concern.



4. Sila maklum kegagalan tuan/puan menyelesaikan jumlah cukai tertunggak dalam tempoh yang ditetapkan akan menyebabkan tindakan mahkamah menurut Seksyen 106 dan tindakan sekatan keluar negara menurut Seksyen 104, Akta Cukai Pendapatan, 1967 diambil terhadap tuan/puan untuk memungut cukai tertunggak berkenaan.


"BERKHIDMAT UNTUK NEGARA dengan BERSIH, CEKAP DAN AMANAH"

" BERSAMA MENYUMBANG UNTUK PEMBANGUNAN NEGARA"



Translation:


4. Please be aware that your failure to settle the total sum of tax arrears within the stated period will result in court action according to Section 106 and restriction from travelling out of the country according to Section 104, Income Tax Act, 1967 be taken against you to collect the aforementioned tax arrears.



" SERVE THE COUNTRY WITH CLEANLINESS, EFFICIENCY AND TRUSTWORTHINESS"

"TOGETHER LET US CONTRIBUTE TO DEVELOP THE COUNTRY"


Implication: Regardless of intentional or unintentional, Wan has become a potential criminal liable to the wrath of the court. LHDN Malaysia is going to handover Wan's name to the immigration department's black list so a bus ride to Golok ( That's where I get my annual supply of T-shirts and shoes ) will be impossible.


A citizen that apparently dodges paying taxes should be reminded of the virtue of trustworthiness and not to be stingy in contributing $ to the beloved country.



Application: I need to write to a lady who has owed me money for a long time. Maybe this letter from LHDN Malaysia can help by adjusting the content to suit my purpose.


Puan,


NOTIS TUNTUTAN BAYARAN HUTANG TERTUNGGAK


Dengan hormatnya saya merujuk kepada perkara di atas



2. Mengikut rekod saya pada 01/11/2006, puan didapati belum menyelesaikan hutang tertunggak berjumlah RM 49.90 Jumlah ini bagaimanapun belum mengambil kira kenaikan bunga wang yang sepatutnya dan lain-lain pelarasan, jika ada, yang akan diberitahu kepada puan kemudian kelak.



3. Dengan itu puan adalah dinasihatkan membuat bayaran kepada saya kesemua jumlah hutang tertunggak berkenaan dalam tempoh 30 hari dari tarikh surat ini dikeluarkan. Bayaran boleh dibuat kepada saya sendiri atau di mana-mana Kaunter Bank Bumiputra Commerce melalui nombor akaun saya : 123 456 789.



4. Sila maklum kegagalan puan menyelesaikan jumlah hutang tertunggak dalam tempoh yang ditetapkan akan menyebabkan surat peribadi ini disiarkan dalam kesemua akhbar tempatan.



" BERSAMA MEYUMBANG UNTUK KESEJAHTERAAN MASYARAKAT"


Saya yang serba kurang,


Wan




Wow, the letter is professionally executed...Maybe it will get me a few ringgit to pay my taxes to LHDN Malaysia.




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