The general rule governing the deductibility of expenses is encapsulated under section 33(1) of the Income Tax Act 1967 (“the Act”) which reads (emphasis as highlighted): Therefore, the below conditions must be fulfilled (unless otherwise provided in the Act) to allow a deduction for an expense: The expenses must be wholly and exclusively incurred in… Continue reading Case update: IRB’s right to apportion expenses
Following the previous post on Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT), this post aims to shed a spotlight on another field of transaction which will also attract RPGT- sale of shares in a Real Property Company (RPC). Generally, Malaysia does not charge any capital gains tax (neither does Malaysia have a CGT regime) on sale of… Continue reading Understanding RPGT 2: Real Property Companies
Companies write off bad debts for a multitude of reason: the debtor has gone bankrupt or is under liquidation, disproportional effort to recover the money owed or just simply to recover as much as possible and get on with life. For the debtor, there are 2 ways that this write off might affect… Continue reading Is waiver of debts taxable?
Unknown to most, the Income Tax Act 1967 is not the only piece of document that has the force of law. When determining the deductibility of expenses and whether income from a certain source is subject to tax, tax consultants (me) would refer to several places and with reference to various other documents to make… Continue reading The differences between Income Tax Act, Public Rulings and PU order
Last Friday, 2 November 2018, marks the first national Budget by the new government ever since the independence of Malaysia. As much as this is a historic and monumental event it is, it is also a day which would affect 32 million people coupled with a balancing act to solve the growing national debt hence… Continue reading Budget 2019 Malaysia for the Malaysian Millenials
Most of us at some point in life would like to own a house(s). Most of us would also have moved house at some point in our life now. However, do you really know what are some of the tax implications of moving houses and selling off the previous residence? Real Property Gains Tax… Continue reading Understanding RPGT
A few days ago, my friend and I decided to head to Sri Hartamas from KL Sentral for a healthy brunch at lunchtime. Prices during lunch hour are often higher because (of course) demand/ supply so we weren’t expecting it to be cheap but neither did we expect it to be so high. For Grab,… Continue reading Post–Uber/ Grab merger: Better or worse?