A business could face late payment and late filing penalty for non-compliance and this could have adverse and long-term effects on its overall operations. Active companies and businesses in Malaysia are required to file their annual return and income tax return by the given deadline.  In accordance to the Companies Act 1965, companies and businesses that fail to file their annual returns and pay their taxes are subject to fines and penalties. Thus, your company may require the help of the experts in order to comply with the regulatory rules and avoid any corresponding consequences. At Accounting Services Hub , their team offers professional and expert accounting services especially for new businesses and corporations.

Compliance with the Annual Return

The directors of the company are tasked and obliged to ensure all annual returns are lodged pursuant to the Companies Act 1965 sections 143, 165, and 169. Companies are required to submit or lodge their annual returns as well as their latest audited account with Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM).

There are numerous requirements that could be difficult to comply with and which call for the right accounting services assistance. Make sure your company file the annual return on time or else you may be subject to pay penalties or face legal implications in the future.

There are penalties and charges on private limited companies (Sdn Bhd) and public limited companies (Bhd) for non-compliance. Late or non-compliance with the requirement for the annual return submission is fined with RM2,000 while non-submission of the profit and loss accounts or audited financial statements is penalized with a RM30,000 fine and up to 5 years imprisonment.

GST Compliance

Besides lodging the audited accounts and annual return of the company, there are other important compliance requirements too, in particular the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Act. GST is a consumption tax and replaces the Sales and Service Tax. All businesses that generate revenue above the RM500,000 threshold are within the GST scope, unless they are exempted or out-of-scope. Companies must submit GST return, which is also referred to as Form 3. It is imperative to comply with the GST returns and payment to avoid the corresponding penalties as mandated in the Malaysian law. A reliable and credible accounting services company particularly could help you with your Goods and Services Tax returns and payment.

With regards to GST compliance, here are the penalties and offences:

  • General Offence – Fine will not exceed RM30,000 or imprisonment of not more than two years or BOTH.
  • Incorrect Return – Fine will not exceed RM50,000 or imprisonment of not more than 3 years or BOTH. The penalty is also equal to the undercharged GST.
  • Late GST Payment – Penalty is 5% within 30 days and an additional 5% after 30 days yet not exceeding 60 days. An additional 3% is imposed for the following 30 days . A 25% maximum tax is imposed on late payment.

Besides the above, companies are required to comply with the Income Tax Act 1976 in relation to income tax compliance. Under Section 112 (1), failure to file income tax return may incur a penalty of up to RM2,000, while under Section 103 (4) late payment of income taxes will incur a 10% penalty on the tax payable, with an additional 5% incremental penalty if payment is not made within 60 days from the due date.

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