It’s that time of the year again when responsible Malaysians file their personal tax returns. The e-filing system is another method employed by the Income Tax Department to smoothen the hassles of filing tax returns. Prior to this, tax returns are usually done via hand delivery or by post or through tax agents. The e-filing system which was introduced about 2 years back met with a lot of teething problems. With negative feedback from users abound, I was quite skeptical about using it. Not until yesterday. Prior to this, tax payers would need to go to the Inland Revenue Board office to obtain their pin number to access the e-filing system but this year, the pin number is imprinted on the 2007 Tax Return Form.
The e-filing system, as I found out, was a breeze to use. It helped that I had broadband access at home and IRB’s server responded fast with minimal lag time. To use e-filing, you will need to have a computer running on at least Pentium III, Windows 2000 and above or Linux or Macintosh, IE 6.0, Firefox, Opera or Safari browser and Adobe Reader 7.0.5 (to read the manuals).
The first thing you need to do is to login to obtain your digital signing certificate. This is where you will need to key in your 16 digit pin number together with your identity, police, army or passport number. When successful, you will be shown your digital signing certificate which lasts for 3 years. Read more