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Direct Taxation

DORMANT COMPANIES | FILING OF INCOME TAX RETURN FORM (ITRF)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WITH RESPONSES

To assist members who have questions regarding the IRBM’s requirement for dormant companies to file the income tax return form (ITRF), the Institute has prepared a list of frequently asked questions together with responses based on feedback from the IRBM Tax Operation Department below.

Frequently asked questions with responses :

Dormant companies without income tax reference numbers must register for an income tax file with the IRBM and submit the ITRF.

The IRBM has verbally confirmed the practice that all dormant companies, including those that have yet to commence operations need to file the ITRF with effect from YA 2014 based on their interpretation of Section 77A (1) of the Income Tax Act 1967 (ITA).

The requirement to file the ITRF with effect from YA 2014 also applies to a dormant company which has just been incorporated and has never commenced operations.

The IRBM has verbally indicated that the requirement for all dormant companies to file the ITRF with effect from YA 2014 has been communicated to the IRBM state branches.

According to paragraph 3.3 of the IRBM’s letter dated 18 August 2014, the IRBM’s exemption letters have been cancelled with effect from 18 August 2014.

According to the IRBM’s reply on page 14 and 15 of the minutes of Operational & Technical Issues Dialogue 1/2014 on 17 February 2014, a company is not required to file the ITRF only if it has completed the liquidation process and its income tax file has been closed by the IRBM.

According to the IRBM’s reply on page 13 of the minutes of DESIRE Meeting 1/2014 on 10 June 2014, the e-Daftar facility has been re-programmed to allow the registration of dormant companies.

The IRBM has verbally indicated that the date of commencement can be left blank if the company has not commenced operations. It can be updated later when the company commences operations.

The IRBM has verbally suggested that the business code can be based on the principal activity of the company that was provided to the SSM for registration purposes or it can also be based on the company’s intended principal activity. The business code can be changed later when the company commences operations.

The IRBM has verbally suggested that the accounting period may be taken as the basis period for companies which have not commenced operations.

The IRBM verbally clarified that “case-by-case basis” means that upon receipt and review of the ITRF for YA 2014, for the dormant companies, the IRBM will determine whether prior year ITRFs need to be submitted on a case to case basis.

The company should inform the IRBM in writing on the date of commencement of operations and get the IRBM’s written approval/confirmation on the basis period pursuant to the provisions of Section 21A of the ITA.

According to paragraph 3.2 of the IRBM’s letter dated 18 August 2014, a dormant company is required to submit the Form CP204 with effect from YA 2016 subject to the provisions of Section 107C(4) and Section 107C(4A) of the ITA. The IRBM verbally confirmed that this means a dormant company is not required to submit the Form CP204 as long as it did not commence operations.