Credit card tax for existing users to start on anniversary date
By CHAN LI LEEN and JOSHUA FOONG
For existing card holders, the charge will be imposed on the anniversary date of cards.
Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, who confirmed this with The Star yesterday, said the Government would impose the service tax for credit and charge cards from next year.
“Existing cardholders will only be charged the service tax through their issuing banks upon the aniversary date of the card.
“For example, if the card’s anniversary date is in January, then you pay the tax in January. But if the date is in April, then you only pay the tax in April,” he added.
The minister’s clarification puts to rest nagging doubts among the millions of credit card holders in the country who have been raising queries since Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced the new tax when he unveiled Budget 2010 in October.
Najib, who is also the Finance Minister, had said that a RM50 service tax for principal credit and charge cards and a RM25 for supplementary cards would be imposed from January.
This has led to card holders asking if the charges will be imposed from Jan 1 or on the anniversary dates of the cards, which are usually issued for a three-year period.
Those holding a string of cards were most eager to know before deciding to cancel some of their accounts.
A check with the customer service departments of several commercial banks showed that they had yet to receive any definite confirmation.
Some banks said they were still awaiting for a directive from Bank Negara, while others think the tax would be imposed on the anniversary dates.
A third group of banks has also offered to absorb the tax for the cardholders, on condition a certain amount of money was spent within a certain timeframe.
Cardholder Y.L. Sim, who called up the bank to cancel his credit card, said the bank advised him “not to be hasty.”
“The officer said that they had yet to receive a formal directive from Bank Negara (on when to impose the tax). But I was worried as the New Year was nearing,” he said.
Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung, when contacted, advised cardholders to plan accordingly, saying holding two credit cards was enough.
““Even I intend to hold only two credit cards,” he added.
He urged those who had large outstanding credit card debts to stop using the cards and meet the issuing banks to work out a repayment mechanism.
There are some 11 million credit cards circulating in the country.
Sebagai tambahan kepada posting sebelum ini, sdr/i boleh merujuk kembali penyata kad kredit (CC) di mana yuran tahunan dikenakan.
Contohnya tarikh penyata Citibank CC saya yang cajkan yuran tahunan adalah pada 6 November 2009. Justeru itu saya kena pastikan CC ini dibatalkan sebelum 6 November 2010 (lebih awal lagi baik) bagi mengelak dari dikenakan Cukai CC 2010.
Bagi pemohon CC baru pula perlu membayar Cukai CC semasa permohonan.