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Determinants of transparency in Inland revenue board of Malaysia

Nor Aizarina, Mat Isa (2018) Determinants of transparency in Inland revenue board of Malaysia. Masters thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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Tax administration transparency is an essential feature of democratic governance. The moral essence of transparency lies in the fact that people have a right to information, which in turn allows them to assess the relevance of the procedures and the decisions made by the government. A transparent tax administration is very important in managing a nation’s revenues within a legally-approved tax system in order to enhance public confidence. There are extensive studies on tax administration globally; however there are very limited studies on tax administration transparency in Malaysia. This study looks into the determinants of transparency in Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) as the direct tax administrator of the country and includes autonomy, information and communication technology (ICT), culture and external publication as the factors determining transparency. This study is supported by theory of transparency which assumes that information, once set free from the state that creates it, will produce an informed and engaged public and as well will hold officials accountable. The data was collected through survey questionnaires and analysed using multiple regression analysis and other statistical techniques. A total of 375 questionnaires were distributed that yielded 185 usable questionnaires. The results reveal that there is a positive and significant relationship between autonomy, ICT, and culture with transparency of IRBM. However external publication is found as having a positive but insignificant relationship with transparency of IRBM. This study concludes with the theoretical implications and practical recommendations for IRBM as the direct tax administrator to look into the autonomy status, implementation of ICT and organizational culture in order to achieve a satisfactory level of transparency locally and internationally. This study also highlights several limitations and suggests future studies in this area.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Supervisor : Mansor, Muzainah
Item ID: 8180
Uncontrolled Keywords: transparency, autonomy, ICT, culture, external publication
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor. > HD62 Standardization. Simplification. Waste
Divisions: Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2021 02:50
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2021 02:50
Department: Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business
Name: Mansor, Muzainah
URI: https://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/8180

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