Customs to keep close eye on cash registers

ALOR SETAR: Businesses will not be able to avoid paying the Goods and Services Tax (GST) after a mechanism is introduced to link cash registers to the Customs Department’s system.
Its deputy director-general (GST) Datuk Zulkifli Yahya said the mechanism, which will have a dongle attached to the cash registers, will kick off in the Klang Valley in the middle of this month with the involvement of some 5,000 companies.
“Each time a trader punches in the cash register, it will be linked to the Customs’ system.
“This will help us to detect businesses which have been avoiding paying GST,” he told reporters after launching the Kedah Customs’ Blue Ocean Strategy Programme 3.0 yesterday.
Zulkifli said the target will be the retail industry before being expanded to other industries nationwide.
“We will still continue with our rounds even after the introduction of the mechanism.”
He added that the GST collection for this year has been targeted at RM42bil.
On a separate note, Zulkifli said there have also been many cases where restaurants charged GST but declined to issue any receipts to customers.
He urged the public to demand receipts.

The Star dated 8 March 2017