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IRBM’s Response to CTIM on Profiling Issues

According to what the CTIM has been told, the Intelligence and Profiling Department of the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) has been making requests for information involving tax practitioners and their clients (such as the names, identity card numbers, tax reference numbers, contact numbers, etc.) to gather data from tax practitioners and other industries in general.

To explore the concerns that have arisen as a result of those mentioned above, CTIM collaborated with IRBM to host a virtual meeting on June 21, 2021, as well as a discussion forum on March 9, 2022.

IRBM reaffirmed that the primary goal of IRBM, which is to gather this information, is to address the issue of omission, tax leakage, and economic issues that are harmful to the government and bring a significant influence on the growth and well-being of the nation.

The Institute has since obtained clarification from IRBM regarding the following issues about Profiling Issues:

  1. Moving ahead, the IRBM's request for information and details will take on a more "targeted" approach in the data collection operation. IRBM is currently in the process of modifying the format of the letter.

  2. The taxpayers and tax agents may not necessarily have to provide IRBM with all the information and details the company has sought from them as part of its information-gathering activity. In contrast to a Tax Audit or Tax Investigation, it is understood by IRBM that, for the Intelligence and Profiling Department's information gathering exercise, only information and details that are easily accessible in the possessions of taxpayers or tax agents are expected to be submitted to IRBM.

  3. IRBM has confirmed that submitting only easily accessible information and details, such as those specified in item 2 above, would not be regarded as providing incomplete information and will not be subject to punishment in this regard.

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