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Mar 31, 2016

Rental income tax is high in Malaysia


INDIVIDUAL TAXATION

Nonresidents are liable to pay tax on Malaysian-sourced income. Married couples may file for joint assessment, but separate assessment is deemed to be more effective in lowering overall tax liability. Personal reliefs (tax allowances) are not granted to nonresidents.

INCOME TAX

Nonresidents are taxed at a flat rate of 26% on their Malaysian-sourced income.The income tax rate for nonresidents will be reduced to 25% for 2015.

RENTAL INCOME
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur taxesRental income is taxed at a flat rate of 26%. Income-generating expenses are deductible from the gross rent such as interest expense, cost of repairs, assessment tax, quit rent, and agent’s commission. Depreciation does not qualify for tax deductions against income, and capital allowances are not available for residential and commercial buildings.

Rental income earned by nonresidents may be subject to 10% withholding tax. The withholding tax may be credited against the nonresident’s income tax liability.

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

Disposals of Malaysian real property are subject to real property gains tax (RPGT). RPGT is levied at progressive rates, depending on the property’s ownership period or holding period prior to its sale.

REAL PROPERTY GAINS TAX - NON CITIZENS 2014

OWNERSHIP PERIOD TAX RATE
Up to 5 years 30%
Over 5 years 5%
Source: Global Property Guide


PROPERTY TAX


Assessment Tax on Residential Property

The assessment tax is a local tax based on the annual rental value of the property, as assessed by the local authorities. It is generally levied at a flat rate of 6% for residential properties and payable in two installments.

Quit Rent

The quit rent is a local tax levied on all landed properties, payable annually at a rate of 1 sen (US$0.003) to 2 sen (US$0.006) per square foot, wherein MYR1 (US$0.25) is equal to 100 sen (cents). The quit rent liability is generally estimated to be less than MYR100 (US$25) per year.

CORPORATE TAXATION

INCOME TAX

Income and capital gains earned by nonresident companies are subject to corporate income tax at a flat rate of 25%. Income-generating expenses are deductible when calculating taxable income.

The applicable corporate income tax rate is 24% for 2016.

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

Disposals of Malaysian real property are subject to real property gains tax (RPGT). RPGT is levied at progressive rates, depending on the property’s ownership period or holding period prior to its sale.

REAL PROPERTY GAINS TAX - COMPANIES 2014

OWNERSHIP PERIOD TAX RATE
Up to 3 years 30%
3 years - 4 years 20%
4 years – 5 years 15%
Over 5 years 5%
Source: Global Property Guide
   





Comments

#1 JONATHAN | August 30, 2010

Dear Sir,
I am a Malaysian. I have a capital gain investment in UK since 2006. Right now the money is about coming in from UK.Bank wire to Malaysia Bank. Will i have to pay any tax for my investment? I consulted the income-tax department officer as the above status, she told me that it won't be any tax if it is legal from oversea from the legal document provided. Is it true?
Thanks in advance.
jonathan

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