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Total of 815 GST complaints on first day

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KUALA LUMPUR — April 2, 2015: A total of 815 complaints were received on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the first day of its implementation yesterday.

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan told the Dewan Rakyat today that of the total, 40 per cent were complaints on the purchase of prepaid telephone reload cards that were taxed.

“While I am replying to this question, Customs has called the telecommunication companies regarding the complaints.

“If they do not want to comply to directives, we will bring these cases to court,” Maslan said in reply to a supplementary question from Datuk Sapawi Ahmad Wasali (BN-Sipitang).

Sapawi had asked about the number of complaints received, given that the people on average uploaded receipts of the prepaid telephone reload cards’ purchases in the social media sites.

Maslan advises customers to keep their receipts and go back to the business premises to make claims for reimbursement for the reload cards they had bought.

To a supplementary question from Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamad (BN-Lipis) on the action of certain companies to have separate accounts to avoid GST registration, he said their strategy was wrong because when a company’s account was separated to avoid GST registration, it could not claim tax input.

If the company cannot claim. then the cost of doing business will increase by six per cent compared to those who register for the GST. Up to yesterday, 364,862 companies had registered for the GST.

On the low cost housing maintenance bill, Maslan said it was exempted from the GST. This does not apply to those staying in gated communities and high-end housing.

If any joint management bodies imposed the GST, consumers can lodge a report at 1300-888-500. — Bernama

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