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Malaysia digital services tax

Malaysia introduced a Digital Services Tax from 1 January 2020. This is a turnover tax on foreign entities selling various electronic taxes into Malaysia. The rate is 6%.  Malaysia withdrew its short-lived 6% Goods and Services Tax in June 2018 when it reintroduced its sales and service tax.

Malaysia has amended the current service tax legislation to make non-residents who provide digital services to consumer liable to be registered. The provider is mandated to be registered when the total value of digital services provided to a consumer in Malaysia exceeds RM500,000 per year.

Taxable services include:

  • Software, application & video games e.g. downloading of online software, updates and ad-ons website filters, firewalls, provision of mobile applications, online gaming;
  • Music, e-book and film e.g. provision of music, streaming services, include subscription-based media / membership
  • Advertisement and online platform e.g. offering online advertising space on intangible media platform, offering platform to trade products or services
  • Search engines and social networks e.g. customised search-engine services
  • Database and hosting e.g. website hosting, online data warehousing, file-sharing and cloud storage services
  • Internet-based telecommunication e.g. Cloud-PABX, VOIP Phone
  • Online training e.g. Provision of distance learning, e-learning, online courses, pre-recorded webinar
  • Others Subscription to online newspapers and journals, provision of other digital content like images, text, information and payment processing services




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