Yes, tax ... not tags just yet.
I thought I received a Datukship award via a letter recently. On the envelope it was printed "Urusan Seri Paduka Baginda". If Shah Rukh Khan can get it, why can't I?
It turned out to be a letter from the inland revenue board - the 'tax man', alleging that I owe them money, insufficient schedular tax deduction remitted for income from taksiran 2007.
Not 100. Not 200. Not 1,000. Not even 2,000. BUT close to 20,000 okay!!!! And yes, RM, not rupiah.
I stood frozen reading the penyata. Can't be right. Can't be. Cannot be.
I am very sure I do not have any other source of income other than the meagre monthly income from selling groceries, seafood & poultry at the kedai runcit where I work.
I don't do direct selling. Nor have I made any fortune from skim cepat kaya coz I have not joined any (yet).
I don't think my collection of handbags, shoes. scarves, lipsticks, makeups & Jeffrey Archer novels can be considered as revenue generating assets (just yet).
And I swear I do not have any siblings or relatives residing in Sicily doing laundry business.
And no....my cats & kittens ( now totalling 14 altogether ) do not offer me any protection money whatsoever.
And yes.... all that was due as monthly schedular tax has been dutifully deducted from my monthly income & remitted. And as far as I can recall according to my taksiran for the year under question, the tax authorities were supposed to refund to me RM200. Not me owing them, oi.
RM20,000 !!! Mana nak cari? Even if I got it stashed somewhere (where? tell me if you know) or receive rezeki terpijak (kot2 la Shah Rukh Khan got winds that I mention his name here & hence wanted to reward me? ) - you think I should depart with that much money & surrender to IRB without any challenge & defense?
Hishhh... membazir tenaga & waktu tengok TV jer tau si IRB ni.
But somehow I can't blame them for eagerly wanting to do their job, can I? But they really should go after those rumah urut operators instead of me la.... shouldn't they? After all I just sell vegies, chicken, fish & maggie mee maaaa...... don't have any other additional income whatsoever pun. Haiyerr...
Never mind la. To memendekkan cerita rather than memendekkan nyawa, I will simply ask our Finance Dept to provide official verification that all monthly schedular tax has been remitted on timely basis. They said they have copies of receipts as proof or payment. Well & good. It should set the record straight that it is IRB records that needs correction. I hope.
Do you think, after that, they would refund me the RM200? Is that enough to buy me PGL ticket?