Customs Dept launching project to detect companies dodging GST payments

EMBUN MAJID



ALOR STAR: The Customs Department will, in the middle of this month, launch a pilot project to detect companies which fail to pay Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Customs Department deputy-director general (Customs and GST) Datuk Zulkifli Yahya said the department is in the midst of identifying the industry in which the pilot project will be applied.

He said under the project, a dongle device will be placed at point-of-sales machines to record daily transactions, and the data will be channelled directly to the department’s headquarters.

"The pilot project will be carried out for a period of three months, and information from the project will be used to expand the project to other industries," Zulkifli told reporters after the flag-off ceremony for the Kedah Customs Department's Customs Blue Operation Strategy (CBOS) 3.0 today.

He said some 5,000 companies will be taking part in the pilot project which will be carried out in the Klang Valley until the end of May.

According to Zulkifli, the dongle device can easily detect companies’ failure to make GST payments, since the department would receive real-time payment data from the companies.

It also would increase the compliance rate of GST-registered companies, he added.