The newly elected government of Malaysia has announced the reduction of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) rate from 6% to 0% effective 1 June 2018. Therefore, all registered business entities have to comply with the GST rate adjustment to 0%.
In addition to this, the following GST Orders will be revoked with effect from 1 June 2018:
· GST (Zero-Rated Supply) Order 2014 [P.U.(A)272/2014] · GST (Relief) Order 2014 [P.U.(A)273/2014] · GST (Imposition of tax for supplies in respect of Free Zone) Order 2017 [P.U.(A)373/2016] · GST (Application to Government) Order 2014 [P.U.(A)185/2014] · GST (Imposition of tax for supplies in respect of Designated Area) Order 2014 P.U.(A)187/2014]
The zero-rated order, and a simultaneous repeal of various related orders, are to pave the way for a re-introduction of the Sales and Service Tax (SST).
The Royal Malaysian Customs Department has issued the following FAQ guide on 24 May 2018 to clarify some of the transitional issues:
Frequently Asked Questions (download)
Transitional Issues and planning that you have to address in your business include:
Change of GST rate from 6% to 0% effective 1 June 2018
Input Tax Claim
Time of Supply
Filing of GST Returns
GST Special Schemes
Tax Codes and Mapping of Tax Codes
Implication of reintroduction of SST
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