Malaysian sales and service tax
UPDATE: GST has been set at zero from 1 June 2018, to be replaced by a Sales Tax on 1 September 2018.
Malaysia reintroduced its sales and service tax (SST) indirect sales tax from 1 September 2018. It replaced the 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) consumption tax, which was suspended on 1 June 2018. GST was only introduced in April 2015.
SST is administered by the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (RMCD).
Resident businesses will be required to register for SST if they exceed the annual registration turnover threshold. This is currently set at RM 500,000. The registration process is online and can be found at the RMCD My-SST portal.
Businesses previously registered for GST will automatically be transferred to SST registrations.
Malaysian SST rates
|Rate||Type||Which goods or services|
|10%||Standard||Goods (from 1 Sept 2018)
SST on goods is charged throughout the B2B chain to the final consumer and is not deductible by tax payers. This includes a liability on imported goods – a low-value exemption may apply.
|6%||Standard||Services (from 1 Sept 2018)
SST on services is only due when supplied to the non-tax registered final consumer. Services liable include:
Restaurants; Hotels and accommodation; Car hire, rental and repair; Domestic flights; Hotel and accommodation; Insurance; Credit cards; Legal and accounting; Business consulting; Electricity; Telecoms, pay-TV; Imported and exported services are exempted.
|5%||Reduced||Goods (from 1 Sept 2018)
Basic foodstuffs; petroleum oils; construction materials; IT, telecommunications and printing hardware and materials; and timepieces. Oil and petroleum are subject to quantity-based rates.
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