Thursday, April 27, 2006

That Time of the Year

It is that time of the year when we come into contact with the most efficient department in the government, the Income Tax folks. This year, they have what they call e-filing, where you can fill your tax returns via the internet. I think this is a great feature except that the entire thing is in BM! Sila muat turun Flash di sini. I am SO confused with the BM translations of the internet jargons. Muat turun = download! Sheesh.

As usual, the dateline is 30th April and throngs of people are now scrambling on getting their forms and trying to submit them before the office closes. It's amazing how Malaysians never learn about procrastinating. I submitted mine waay back... 48 hours ago.

My Dad has drilled and instilled in me the fear of the Taxman since I started work. Each year, he would send reminders and phone calls before the deadline. Somehow, this has not filtered through Jan and she's not submitting hers this year - again due to the fact that she's below the taxable income. I hear conflicting views that one SHOULD submit anyway so to avoid from having the Taxman interrogate you when you next want to buy a house or a car.

All in all, I'm happy to say that for last year I'm paying nearly RM50 in taxes. I look forward to paying more this year. Bah, 6 years of work and not paying tax is just sad. Enough of being underpaid, I say.


Karen said...

Oh Gad! Tax time. Fortunately, my accountant is very anal-retentive (very good) so I have to hand mine over early too. Another plus is that his office is 4 doors away from me...

Karen said...

Ok, I must have skimmed over this.... You only paid $50 last year? How much do you have to make to get taxed? They tax you here even if you make $5000 when you work as a get it back when it's so low...but still.... I don't even want to think about how much tax is here... but we do get free healthcare..

jo said...

here, we make rm5000 when you become an assistant manager.

taxes start from rm2500.