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Thursday, 19 April 2018 | MYT 6:00 PM

IRB: Letter sent to international schools routine procedure

KUALA LUMPUR: The Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia's (IRB) move to request relevant information such as school fees collection from the management of international schools is a routine procedure.

In a statement issued on Thursday it said the request was to “promote voluntary tax compliance, reducing the risk of tax leakages and ensuring the tax system is safeguarded”. 

The IRB had sought to clarify an email from an international school, which is being circulated in the social media and directed to the parents of their students. 

It certified that a letter has been issued to the management of several international schools requesting for relevant information. 

“The request for such information is pursuant to the provision of Section 80 and Section 81 of the Income Tax Act 1967,” it said. 

The Star Online reported earlier on Thursday that snapshots of emails from international schools to parents of children studying there have been circulating on social media platforms such as the WhatsApp messaging service.

The international schools were said to have been approached by IRB for information relating to name of the fee payer, identification number, name of student and total fees paid in 2017.

In one of the emails, an international school said the request for information was made in pursuant to Section 80 and 81 of the Income Tax Act 1967, adding that the school was obliged to furnish the information as requested.

The IRB has been contacting international schools here requesting them to provide information on school fees collection.

Snapshots of emails from international schools to parents of children studying there have been circulating on social media platforms such as the WhatsApp messaging service.

The international schools were said to have been approached by IRB for information relating to name of the fee payer, identification number, name of student and total fees paid in 2017.