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A man walks out of an Inland Revenue Board (IRB) centre at the Government Complex in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim, Kuala Lumpur, on June 12, 2018. — Picture by BERNAMA

E-invoicing to help achieve revenue collection target if GST reintroduced — IRB

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 —The implementation of the electronic invoicing system (e-invoicing) will bode well should the government opt to reinstate the Goods and Services Tax (GST), and simultaneously, assist it in achieving its 2024 tax collection target of RM185 billion, said Inland Revenue Board (IRB) chief executive officer Datuk Seri Mohd Nizom Sairi.

He emphasised that e-invoicing was designed to accommodate the GST mechanism and that the adoption of this system would certainly push the cash economy and shadow economy to disclose their financial transactions.

“The people are really talking about the reintroduction of GST and if it happens, you don’t have to do anything further. It (e-invoicing) caters for the GST system,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Grant Thornton Malaysia’s seminar on “Budget 2024 – Budget Highlights and Recent Tax Developments” here, today.

Mohd Nizom further elaborated that, based on country case studies, the application of e-invoicing would require businesses to maintain a comprehensive record of their transactions and completely report it to the IRB.

“There are a lot of activities under the radar that will be forced to come forward and operate above the board,” he said.

It was reported that Malaysia’s shadow economy currently accounts for 21 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) or an estimated RM330 billion.

On the cost of e-invoicing implementation, Mohd Nizom acknowledged that there will be costs involved in the adoption of e-invoicing, particularly in amending the current taxation system to suit the requirements of the e-invoice system.

“Definitely there will be some costs to it, (in making) some amendments to the current system to suit the requirements of the e-invoice, but it will be minimal… it is not like when you have to actually build a system that fits the requirements of the GST, or you can use a third party to provide application programming interface to connect between your system and invoice data. In the case of micro, small and medium businesses, we are developing a solution,” he added.

The IRB had announced that Malaysia will gradually implement e-invoicing from next year, with the phased mandatory implementation to begin with selected businesses in June 2024 and will cover all companies by 2027.

Meanwhile, the federal government’s revenue collection in 2024 is envisaged to record a marginal growth of 1.5 per cent to RM307.6 billion or 15.6 per cent of GDP, driven by higher tax collection.

Tax revenue continues to be the major contributor and is expected to grow by 6.4 per cent to RM243.6 billion, which constitutes 79.2 per cent of total revenue or 12.3 per cent of GDP.

In 2024, the Finance Ministry said the collection from direct tax is estimated to increase by 6.9 per cent to RM185 billion or 75.9 per cent of total tax revenue.

The government has revised upwards its revenue projection for 2023 by four per cent or RM11.7 billion to RM303.2 billion, or 16.4 per cent of GDP, compared with the initial estimates of RM291.5 billion.

— Bernama

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