I did it last week, and it was a surprisingly simple and fast process.
This being my first year filing taxes/ declaring my income, I had apprehensions and doubts regarding certain rules, regulations and terminology. I’d never bothered about taxes before, because I was not earning enough to be eligible for paying taxes. Even when I was eligible, I just… didn’t. There were the monthly deductions from salary of course (PCB) but years of listening to people groan and moan about having to file taxes and the complications and headaches that come with it, it just put me off from the whole thing lah. This decision didn’t sit well with my eldest sister who is very much responsible when it comes to these things. She’d look at me with her eldest sister stare and say in her eldest sister voice, “Even if you do not need to pay anything, you still have to file your taxes! It is very irresponsible not to declare your income, etc etc.” Maybe I should take a video of her tuned in her full eldest sister mode, then you’d understand why her voice kept ringing in my head about filing my taxes and other similar grown-up stuff.
I registered as a tax payee late last year. There was a scheduled meeting at the LHDN Jalan Duta and I thought to myself, what the heck, might as well…. Made a copy of my identity card and latest salary slip, went up to the offices, took a number, filled out a form, handed over the relevant documents and I was presented with a slip containing my tax reference number. Whole process took less than 30 minutes. So easy.
Naturally I didn’t plan on filling out the pages and pages of complicated forms just to file my taxes. A couple weeks ago, I was at the LHDN Kelana Jaya for work stuff, and saw a notice that states ‘eFiling registration, 6th floor’. Another ‘what the heck, might as well’ moment, so I went up to said level. Stood in line for less than 5 minutes, presented my identity card to the lady behind the counter and she presented me with a slip containing my eFiling pin number. I went back to the office, went on to e-Hasil, read and followed the instructions and within 10 minutes I was done with filing my taxes. Wah lau, this is easier than buying Gardenia butterscotch bread! I wonder how people did it manually before, heh.
Hafiz Noor Shams wrote an article asking “Why should we pay income tax to BN?” published in The Malaysian Insider. I thought it was a good, thinking piece reminding people that they directly, indirectly, technically and rightfully have a say in the governance of their country. Then you read the comments below the article and you realise that a lot of people jump the gun and take things at face value. It’s okay lah, I’m sure if you go to said article from my blog, you’d have a lot more understanding and maturity than that
While discussing this issue, KY mentioned a colleague of his who suggested that voting rights be made parallel with the paying of taxes. Something like, for every RM100 or RM1000 you pay, you get an additional vote in the next elections. I thought that was a sweet suggestion What say you?
Anyway, 4 more days till the tax-filing deadline for individuals. Good luck have fun.