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IRB issues public rulings on tax borne by employers and income from employment on board a ship

The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has published the following public rulings (PRs):

    • Tax Borne by Employers (Second Edition) (PR No 11/2016) dated 8 December 2016.

    • Taxation of Income from Employment on Board a Ship (PR No 12/2016) dated 9 December 2016.

IRB launches its second focused friendly visit for 2016

er • Improving its collection

    • Reducing its outstanding tax amount, and

    • Promoting its voluntary disclosure programme.

Kindly visit the IRB website for further details.

Source: IRB website, 2 November 2016

Announcement: YA 2016 

IRB issues public rulings on industrial buildings (part 2)

The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has published a public ruling (PR) on “Industrial Buildings Part II” (PR No 10/2016) dated 5 December 2016.

The PR explains the types of buildings that qualify as industrial buildings under the provisions of para 80, Sch 3 of the Income Tax Act 1967 through the Income Tax Rules made by the Minister of Finance and the corresponding rates of allowances.

Kindly refer to the IRB website for further details.

Source: IRB website, 5 December 2016. © Intelliconnectasiapacific

OECD: Malaysia still has room for more taxes

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Revenue Statistics in Asian Countries 2016 report stated that Malaysia recorded less than the OECD average of tax income (34.2%) of GDP in 2014, similar to Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia.

Despite what the report’s title suggests, the data terminates at 2014. Malaysia’s total tax revenue for 2014 was 15.9% of its GDP.

This indicates that there is scope for increased tax mobilisation in areas such as consumption taxes (eg GST).

Source: Malay Mail Online, 29 November 2016

Stamp (Amendment) Bill 2016 introduced in Parliament

The Stamp (Amendment) Bill 2016 was introduced in the Dewan Rakyat for its first reading in Parliament.

For more information, please refer to the Parliament of Malaysia website.

Source: Parliament of Malaysia website, 28 November 2016