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Tax filing for Malaysians – it’s a little less taxing now

Tuesday April 22nd, 2008 by fathersez

We have to file our personal tax returns by the 30th of April each year.  

Our IRS used to ask us to submit a stack of forms yearly. With chunks of repetitive information, like, addresses, identity card numbers, birth dates, Employment Provident Fund Membership numbers, names of children, wedding date etc.  

I used to mumble unhappily each year as I did the taxes for my wife and myself. But we had no other options available.   

A couple of years ago, our IRS allowed online filings.  The first year, the system rejected me as being too young for e filing!!!! So I had to go back to manual filing. Last year, the IRS office in my town set up a number of computers in their office lobby to guide the people to do their filings online. My wife and I took advantage of this and after a few computer “dead ends and run arounds” (which were resolved with the help of the IRS people in attendance), managed to file our returns. 

This year it turned out to be a piece of cake. It took about 15 minutes or so to complete and submit the returns for my wife and myself.  Of course the fact that we are pretty well organized with our documentation helped. 

Still, I must pay tribute to the IRS for the improvements made in the system. The fact that the system “remembered” the repetitive information made the whole process a lot easier. 

And like every other tax payer before me and I am sure, every other tax payer after me, I tried my best to look for deductions that would reduce my taxes. But I am still figuring out how buying 700 cars may help reduce my taxes.   

When I complained about my taxes, the IRS told me I should appreciate the facilities my taxes are used to pay for. Hence I should pay my taxes with a smile, they said. I did that and they told me they preferred cash!


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