Lawyers and Other Professionals: The Next Target for IRB Audits – Are You Prepared?

3 Nov 2017 - Fri / 1 day / 2:30pm - 5:30pm / Raja Aziz Addruse Auditorium

This talk will cover an overview of the income tax compliance obligations of partners and sole proprietors in law firms, the importance of record-keeping, responding to the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (“IRB”)’s enquiries and others related to IRB Audits.

Member: RM 80
Members admitted from 1 July 2011: RM 40
Law Student: RM 40
Pupil in Chambers: RM 40
Non-Member: RM 160
Organisers: Bar Council

CPD: Legal Learning Lab
CPD Points: 2
Event Code:


This talk will cover the following topics:

  • An overview of the income tax compliance obligations of partners and sole proprietors in law firms
  • Importance of record-keeping: What records should be kept, and for how long?
  • Responding to the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (“IRB”)’s enquiries
  • Role of a tax agent: Do taxpayers need a tax agent to represent them in an audit or investigation?
  • What are the powers of the IRB?
  • How far back can the IRB audit you?
  • Managing tax audit risks: What should you do?
  • Settlements of tax audits and investigations: Documentation and issues to watch out for
  • Dispute resolution process with the IRB
  • Appealing audit / investigation findings to the Special Commissioners of Income Tax, and the courts


Thang Mee Lee is an Executive Director with Axcelasia Taxand. She holds a Bachelor of Accounting (Hons) degree from the University of
Malaya. She is a Member of the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia.

She started her career in tax when she joined Arthur Andersen upon graduation in May 1990. Before joining Taxand in 2007, she was a Tax Director with Ernst & Young. She has over 20 years of experience in both compliance and tax advisory work for local corporations, multinationals and individuals, including tax planning, restructuring, inbound and outbound investments, and remuneration planning. Her experience covers a range of industries including the oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, information technology, education, and telecommunication industries.

She heads the Compensation, Equity and Employment Tax service line. She also has significant experience dealing with the Ministry of
Finance in advising on, and structuring of, tax incentives for Malaysia’s new economic zones.

She is a regular speaker at seminars, and has written articles forvarious tax and accounting journals, both domestically and internationally.

Anand Raj, Messrs Shearn Delamore & Co was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1996, and was admitted as a Partner at Messrs Shearn Delamore & Co in 2003. He holds the Chair of the International Fiscal Association, Malaysia Branch and of the Bar Council Malaysia’s Tax Subcommittee, and is one of the authors of Bloomberg BNA’s Business Operations in Malaysia.

He has been consistently recognised as a leading Tax Counsel in Tier 1 of Chambers Asia, Asialaw Profiles, Asia Pacific Legal 500, and the
International Tax Review (“ITR”). He was recognised by and listed in International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers (2013-2017); Asia Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year 2017 by ITR, and International Who’s Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers 2016 and 2017.

He has led as tax counsel in numerous Malaysian tax cases, including in cases with reported judgments.

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