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Auxiliary cop mistakenly declared 'dead' by IRB gets apology

PUTRAJAYA: The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has apologised to an auxiliary policeman, whose story went viral on social media after he had been declared dead, with his wife being been asked to settle the outstanding amount owed to IRB.
IRB has admitted that it had mistakenly declared the status of the man as ‘deceased’, and had requested the next-of-kin to settle the outstanding payment.
“IRB admits that there was a mistake in the data and negligence from our side in determining the status of the taxpayer.
“After checks, IRB established that the taxpayer is still alive. Therefore, we would like to apologise to him for the mistake.
"An apology letter will be sent to the taxpayer. We will also take action to ensure that such a mistake will not happen in the future to maintain the good name of the IRB as the country's tax administrator,” IRB said in a statement.
IRB said it is currently checking on whether the man still has the outstanding amount as stated in the letter, and would update the taxpayer's details.
IRB also clarified that it has the authority under the Section 74 and 106 of the Income Tax Act 1967 to claim the outstanding amount from the next-of-kin of the deceased.
Should the next-of-kin be unable to make payment, they are advised to visit any IRB office and discuss possible installment payments.
It was reported that Amran Mohamed, 45, was stunned when he received a letter from the IRB, stating that he was deceased.
He was quoted as saying that the letter had asked his wife Zakiah@Normah Sulong, 43, to settle the outstanding amount owed to the IRB, worth RM1,728.50.
Amran, who said he had been a diligent taxpayer, said he did not plan to lodge a police report as he viewed it as an honest mistake by IRB.

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