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Malaysia imposes GST assessments

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  • 03 October 2015 | Richard Asquith

Malaysia imposes GST assessments

The Royal Malaysian Customs Department will start to raise Goods & Services Tax assessments on businesses which have failed to submit GST returns under the new indirect tax regime.

Malaysia introduces GST 2015

Malaysia replaced its Goods and Services Taxes from 1 April 2015 with GST. The new regime facilitated much easier recovery of consumption taxes incurred during the production and supply chain of goods. The aim was to reduce compound taxation, especially in the manufacturing sector, and simplify the compliance reporting burden.

The tax assessment will start this month for monthly and quarterly reporting businesses, with an assessment based on their turnover declared in accounting returns and initial GST registrations. Failure to pay the assessments within two weeks, or lodge an appeal, will result in a fine of RM 25,000.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.