Technology, Media & Telecoms

Foreign Digital Service Providers must Register - Amiruddin

Date: 09 April 2019; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 9 (Bernama) - Foreign-registered digital service providers are required to register with Royal Malaysian Customs Department for easier collection of the six per cent service tax beginning January next year.

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah said registration starts from October 1 until December 31 this year.

“We hope the big players, the likes of Netflix and others will register and pay (the services tax), which is not high compared to rates in other countries.

“We proposed six per cent so that there will be a level playing field between the domestic service providers which has already paid six per cent,” he said.

Amiruddin told reporters after delivering a speech at the Kuala Lumpur International Financial Forum (KLIFF) 2019 here today.

Yesterday, Dewan Rakyat passed the Service Tax (Amendment) Bill 2019 aimed at ensuring a balanced ecosystem.

During the tabling of 2019 Budget Nov 2 last year, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng reportedly said the government would impose and remit tax on digital service providers including software, music, video or any other digital advertisements beginning January 2020.

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