What Are The Penalties If Company Fails to Submit Form CP204?

What Are The Penalties If Company Fails to Submit Form CP204?It is important to know what will happen to a company if a company fails to submit Form CP204 within the stipulated period, Form CP204 submitted but fails to pay the tax instalment or under-estimated tax payable for a particular year of assessment.

Each offence may result in penalty ranging from RM200 to RM2,000 being charged by LHDN.

The following are the penalty provisions for such failures in complying with the income tax requirements for CP204:  Read More

How to calculate Tax Estimate for CP204?

LHDNThe most commonly asked question by our clients in filling up the Form CP204 is: How to calculate tax estimate for CP204?

In order to calculate the possible tax payable for the coming year, the company must made several assumptions and projections based on the current year’s management results. It is important to predict what will happen based on what is having now.  Read More

Every Company must submit CP204 (Tax Estimation)?

LHDNThe Inland Revenue Board (IRB, or common known as LHDN, Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri) has issued an notice to all professional associations on 9 June 2011 for the clarification of submission requirements for CP204.

Small & Medium Companies are advised to submit CP204

IRB has in its letter informed all companies to submit its tax estimation (CP204) for avoiding any possible unnecessary penalty due to administrative issues, even though these companies are not required to submit CP204.  Read More

Summary Information about Tax Estimation (CP204)

LHDNUnder the self assessment system, every company is required to determine and submit in a prescribed form (Form CP204) an estimate of its tax payable for a year of assessment, 30 days before the beginning of the basis period.

New company must submit CP204 within 3 months once started business

However, when a company first commences operations (ie during the first period), the estimate of tax payable must be submitted to the IRB within 3 months from the date of commencement of its business and thereafter no later 30 days before the beginning of the basis period.  Read More

Self Assessment For Companies & Tax Audits in Malaysia

Under the Self Assessment System, the burden of computing the taxpayer’s liability is shifted from the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) to the taxpayer and accordingly, taxpayers are expected to compute their tax liability based on the tax laws, guidelines and rulings issued by the IRB.

The Income Tax Returns (Form C) submitted by the companies will no longer be subject to a detailed review by the IRB.

The main objective of the Self Assessment System is to inculcate a practice of voluntary compliance by the taxpayers and at the same time reduce the workload of the IRB to enable them to concentrate on areas which have a high tax risk and a potentially significant loss in revenue.

The implementation of the self assessment system has also resulted in changes to the tax compliance cycle and the penalty provisions. These changes are explained in greater detail below.

Tax Audits by IRB

Under Self Assessment System, tax audits will be IRB’s key enforcement tools to ensure that the tax returns submitted are correct and have been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the laws, guidelines and rulings issued by IRB.

Essentially, an audit is an examination of a taxpayer’s records to ensure that the income and tax liability declared to the IRB in the Income Tax Return are true, correct and comply with the tax laws and rulings.

Desk Audit and Field Audit

IRB carries out 2 types of audits, namely Desk Audit and Field Audit.

The Desk Audit will involve the review of documents or information obtained by correspondence and interviews at the IRB’s offices whilst the Field Audit would entail a visit to the taxpayer’s premises for a detailed review of all revelant documents.

Cases for audit are selected through the computerised system based on risk analysis criteria and on various criteria such as business performance, financial ratios, type of industry, past compliance records, third party information, etc.

How does the IRB Conduct an Audit?

Once a taxpayer is selected for an audit, the IRB will inform the taxpayer via a telephone call followed by an official notification letter sent via mail or fax.

The period between the date of notification and the audit visit is 14 days. A shorter period of notification may be fixed by IRB with the consent of the taxpayer.

The scope of a tax audit under the self assessment system normally covers a period of 1 to 3 years, unless there are valid reasons to go beyond that period. The time frame for the conclusion of a tax audit is normally within 3 months.

Upon the completion of an audit, the IRB will issue a tax computation summarising the tax adjustments based on their findings and subsequently an additional assessment to collect the additional taxes from the taxpayer.

The taxpayer may still appeal against this assessment by submitting the appeal, through the prescribed Form Q to the Special Commisioners of Income Tax within 30 days from when the assessment is raised.

With effect from 1 Jan 2014, the time-bar for tax audits is reduced from 6 years to 5 years.

Penalty Provisions under Tax Audit System

 (a) Penalties for omission/non-disclosure

Under the tax audit system, the IRB has also introduced a new penalty regime for non-disclosure and omission of information that affects a taxpayer’s tax liability. The penalty regime is summarised as follows:

Voluntary disclosure before selection for audit Within 60 days from the due date for furnishing the return form 10%
More than 60 days but less than 6 months form the due date for furnishing the return form 15.5%
6 months to 1 year 20%
1 year to 3 years 25%
3 years & above 30%
Voluntary disclosure after the case is selected for audit but before audit commences 35%
Non-disclosure (discovery during audit) 100% of tax undercharged (may consider for 45% for 1st offence)
Repeated offences +10% for each repeated offence not exceeding 100%

(b) Penalty for not providing reasonable facilities and assistance

Based on Public Ruling 7/2000, failure by a taxpayer to provide reasonable facilities and assistance to the IRB when conducting an audit is an offence and upon conviction, the taxpayer may be liable to a fine of between RM1,000 to RM10,000 or face imprisonment for a term not exceeding 1 year or both.

(c) Failure to keep sufficient records

The company or persons responsible, upon conviction will be liable to a fine of between RM200 to RM2,000 or face imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or both.

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