Category: Malaysia

10-point assessment of tax evasion

PETALING JAYA, Mar 15 (Sin Chew Daily) — Local taxation expert Koong Lin Loong said the Internal Revenue Department’s target was not wealthy people but tax evaders. “Whether a person is evading tax is normally assessed with the ten-point criteria, and assets of unidentified origins will be their focus of...

The end of international tax planning?

CROSS-border taxation in current times is poised for significant changes. Tax is key in foreign ventures. Absent tax strategies and foreign tax leakages would erode margins and return of investment. Although international tax-efficient strategies to mitigate capital gains tax (CGT), withholding tax (WHT) and the risk of creating a taxable...

Customs mulls amending GST Act to tax foreign online service suppliers

KUALA LUMPUR: The Royal Malaysian Customs Department is considering amendments to the Goods and Services Tax Act (GST Act) to start taxing foreign online service suppliers, said deputy director-general Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy. “E-commerce is pretty much catered for, except business-to-consumer (B2C) for example, downloads from overseas, how do we tax...

Automatic Exchange of Information and Common Reporting Standards in Malaysia

In efforts towards global transparency, over 100 countries have agreed to automatically exchange information relating to financial accounts (AEOI) with each other under the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters (Convention). The OECD had also developed the Common Reporting Standards (CRS) which set out the common information to...

Expose the true beneficiaries

THE Panama Papers, the world’s biggest leak, highlighted the complex ways used by companies and individuals to conceal who the actual beneficiaries of a company are. Some of them put their money into offshore accounts such as in Labuan, which is also an off-shore financial centre and tax haven. One...

PH eyes tax treaties with Asean peers

The Philippines is eyeing to seal tax treaties with all nine other Asean member-states, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). The country already has effective double taxation agreements (DTAs) with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, BIR Assistant Commissioner Marissa O. Cabreros noted in a presentation at last...

With 42% increase in trade, India-NZ agree to amend Double Taxation Agreement

India and New Zealand also vowed to press for successful negotiations of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). India and New Zealand decided to amend the bilateral tax treaty and expressed commitment to work towards a comprehensive free trade agreement with a view to boost economic ties on Wednesday. The...

More than 100 governments now signed up to international tax convention

Five more governments have signed up to an international convention on cooperating with tax authorities around the world, bringing the number of participating jurisdictions to 103. The OECD’s Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters is a wide-reaching agreement to exchange information about taxpayers between authorities either on request...

Why Indonesia’s domestic tax haven is a bad idea

In the latest move to revamp the tax system in Indonesia, the government is considering setting up tax haven areas to entice home money that was stashed abroad. The idea was initiated by former finance minister Bambang Brodjonegoro who believed that the distinct region could facilitate the investment of funds...

Developing Nations Seek Tax Body to Curb Illicit Financial Flows

Despite Western opposition, the 134-member Group of 77 is continuing to pursue a longstanding proposal for an inter-governmental UN-affiliated tax body aimed at combating corporate tax dodging and curbing illicit financial flows, including money laundering and off-shore banking. The proposal has already been shot down twice by Western nations, first,...

How new EU tax laws impact Thai firms

THAI MULTINATIONAL companies will be impacted on their cross-border business activities due to rapidly evolving tax laws in Europe and Asia-Pacific. For instance, the European Union (EU) achieved a groundbreaking result on June 20 by agreeing to a package of tax measures to combat corporate tax avoidance, which will be...

New double tax treaty will help French businesses operating in Singapore, says expert

A new double tax treaty between France and Singapore will be of particular help to French companies operating in Singapore, especially in the construction industry, an expert has said. Franck Lagorce, an expert in French tax at Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-law.com was commenting following an announcement from...

Report: Multinational Tax Avoidance Cost Australia $5bn in One Year

Sydney-A new report by Oxfam said Australia’s federal government lost an estimated 5 billion US dollars in revenue in 2014 as a consequence of tax avoidance by multinational corporations with Australian operations. The non-governmental organization said in its report that investments from Australian-based big companies in tax havens globally grew...

Global Tax Update – June 2016

Asia Pacific The January – March edition of tax highlights for the Asia Pacific region highlights industry developments from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore including: Australia’s new tax system for Managed Investment Trusts The final stage of China’s B2V reform to be rolled out from...

Luxembourg money laundering inquiry into Malaysian state fund

Luxembourg’s state prosecutor has launched a judicial inquiry into allegations of money laundering involving hundreds of millions of dollars against Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). The prosecutor said on Thursday that the inquiry followed evidence that funds held by the Malaysian government in offshore accounts in Singapore,...

Implementation Status of US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) in Malaysia

In March 2010, the FATCA was enacted in the United States (“US“) for the purpose of preventing the non-compliance of US persons with US taxation laws through the participation and cooperation of foreign governments and financial institutions. FATCA Implementation in Malaysia On 30 June 2014, Malaysia reached an agreement in...

Budget 2016: 9% tax rate regime for India’s first International Financial Centre

The pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) – housed in the Gujarat International Finance Tec City – has received a boost in the Union Budget 2016/17. The long pending tax issue has been decided with 9 per cent minimum alternate tax (MAT),...

Getting to the crux of Ncell buyout deal

CAN NEPAL IMPOSE CAPITAL GAINS TAX ON NCELL BUYOUT DEAL? This question has been making rounds ever since TeliaSonera, the largest shareholder in Nepali telecom operator, Ncell, announced its decision to sell 60.4 per cent of its stake in the telecom company to Malaysian giant, Axiata, for $1.03 billion. Divergent...

Labuan to keep duty-free status

LABUAN: Labuan will keep its duty-free status despite the Government losing revenue in uncollected taxes due to the smuggling of cigarettes and other contraband from the island, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The Prime Minister said the Government did not want to penalise the people of Labuan for the...

The Asia Tax Awards are back: Enter now for 2016

The revived Asia Tax Awards will feature categories for companies, firms and individuals. The Asia Tax Awards are back! More than five years after they last took place in November 2010, the Asia Tax Awards will be held once again on Thursday May 5 2016, following the Asia Tax Forum,...

31 nations sign agreement on exchange of country-by-country transfer pricing reports

In an effort to provide their tax administrations with more tools to combat corporate tax avoidance through transfer pricing, officials from 31 countries today signed an agreement setting out the parameters for automatic exchange of country-by-country reports on large multinational corporations. The agreement — the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement on...

The hidden wealth of nations

India’s biggest source of FDI is India itself, money departing on a short holiday to a tax haven and then routed back as FDI. Will the government muster up the political will to clamp down on the tax-allergic business elite? This could be a bumper year for the ever-lucrative tax...

Out of Bangladesh

According to a research report titled “Illegal Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2004-2013”, recently published by the Washington based research institute Global Financial Integrity (GFI), Bangladesh stands 26th in the list of 149 developing nations, in terms of flight of capital including money laundering (The Daily Star, December 10, 2015)....

Transfer pricing law in Thailand and the BEPS initiative

Initiated by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in 2013 and endorsed by the G-20, the OECD’s “Action Plan to Address Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS)” includes 15 key areas to encourage more transparency, better reporting and more cooperation between countries in which multinational companies operate. On October...

Australia shuts down investment schemes run by fund linked to 1MDB

The Australian Federal Court has ordered five investment schemes managed by Avestra Asset Management to shut down, The Australian reported today, following the fund’s link to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy. It was reported that the judge made the decision after going through a report from liquidators, who unearthed...

Global Financial Integrity released the Global Illicit Financial Flows Report 2015

Global Financial IntegrityGlobal Financial Integrity (GFI) on 8 December 2015 released the Global Illicit Financial Flows Report 2015 entitled Illicit Financial Flows from the Developing Countries: 2004-2013. This study is GFI’s 2015 annual global update on illicit financial flows from developing economies. It is the sixth annual update of GFI’s...

Illicit money flow from developing world surged to $1.1 tn in 2013, says GFI

WASHINGTON Illicit financial flows or black money from developing and emerging economies surged to US$1.1 trillion or a staggering 4 percent of the developing world’s GDP in 2013, according to a study released Wednesday by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington, DC-based research and advisory organization. The cumulative illicit outflows...

GLOBAL TAXPAYERS CAN EXPECT TO PAY MORE TAX IN THE YEARS AHEAD

Global taxpayers can expect to pay more tax in the years ahead. Many governments worldwide continue to update their tax legislation and expand their tax systems to repay debt and pay for increased social welfare, even as the memory of the last global financial crisis lingers. These are the conclusions...

Italy: Transactions with tax havens governed by proportionality (and reason) | International Tax Review

ITR Correspondent Italy has updated its rules governing transactions with parties located in tax havens. Following a legislative process which began in 2013, the Italian Government on September 14 2015 enacted a decree addressing a wide array of international tax matters, including one of the most controversial Italian tax rules...

Malta: Malta’s Double Tax Treaties – November 2015

In order to encourage the growth of international trade including that of financial services, successive Maltese governments have sought to conclude double tax treaties with important trading partners as well as with emerging countries. This policy is expected to continue in the future. To date, treaties are in force with...

KPMG releases new global tax survey; economic and social pressures expected to impact global tax system

Taxpayers in Romania and throughout the world can expect to pay more tax in the years ahead as governments expand their tax systems to repay debt and pay for increased social welfare, and international efforts to update tax legislation for the 21st century take hold. These are the conclusions of...

Welbeck Solutions: Whistleblower exposes secretive city firm at the heart of vast tax avoidance operation

Company used actresses including former Alan Partridge star to bombard financial sector workers with cold calls The grey Basinghall Street office building, in the heart of London’s City financial district, gives few clues about the frenzy of activity that was going on inside. But for years, this was the home...

A Delicate Balance: Tax Competition Versus Cooperation

Tax administrators want to maximise the amount of revenue collected without stifling the county’s competitiveness as a business destination. How should ASEAN countries navigate changing international conditions to meet this goal? By Rebecca Tan – As Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be...

CATA Member Countries Serious In Tackling TP And BEPS Issues

MELAKA, Nov 17 (Bernama) — The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has highlighted the transfer pricing (TP) and abuse of treaties in base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) issues at the 36th Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators Conference (CATA) here today. IRB, in a statement today, said CATA members were serious...

180 Participants From 47 Countries Attend CATA Confab In Melaka From Tomorrow

MELAKA: Some 180 participants from 47 countries will attend the five-day 36th annual Technical Conference of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA) here from tomorrow. The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) said among the countries taking part in the conference are Australia, South Africa, Brunei, India, New Zealand, Canada, Pakistan,...