PETALING JAYA: The Customs Department has launched its latest compliance drive, seeking to collect RM3bil in unpaid Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Its director-general Datuk Seri Khazali Ahmad (pic) said the drive, called Customs Blue Operations Strategy (CBOS) 3.0, aims to collect twice the amount collected in its second operation conducted last year.

CBOS 3.0 will see the department taking a friendlier approach, by educating companies on “Informed Compliance” instead of punishing them through “Enforced Compliance,” he said.

Khazali said 600 officers from the Customs Department's GST, Compliance and Enforcement divisions would take part in the door-to-door operations.

They will visit 200,000 of the 434,000 GST-registered premises during CBOS 3.0 that runs until Dec 31, he told reporters after the launch at the Customs Complex in Kelana Jaya here on Monday.

Companies found behind in their payments or paperwork will be given one month, from the date of the visit, to comply.

“This isn’t to be mistaken as an offer of amnesty. We will not compromise with companies that are collecting GST but not remitting it to us,” Khazali said.

Those that fail to comply could face legal action and be fined for up to 40% of their unpaid dues.

It was reported that Customs targets to collect up to RM42bil in GST this year, compared with RM41.2bil in 2016.




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