On 1st September 2018, the netizens of Malaysia witnessed the end of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system. Since then, the Sales and Service Tax (SST) has been taking the lead. As the backbone of the country, what do small and medium enterprise (SME) owners ought to know about SST? Let’s uncover it bit by bit.
What is SST?
Sales and Service Tax (SST) is a tax charged and levied on taxable services provided by the taxable person. However, SST works separately as Sales Tax and Service Tax.
Sales Tax: A single tax levied on imported and locally made goods. It is either imposed during the time of importation or goods’ disposal or sales.
Service Tax: A tax charged and levied on taxable services provided by a taxable individual in Malaysia.
Differences between Sales and Service Tax
|Sales Tax||Service Tax|
|Rate||Exempted, 5% or 10% (Please refer here)||6%|
||Taxable services provided in Malaysia by a registered person with his business|
|Not Applicable to||Goods listed under Proposed Sales Tax (Goods Exempted from Sales Tax) Order;
Certain manufacturing activities are exempted by the Minister of Finance through the Proposed Sales Tax (Exemption from Registration) Order.
|Who and When do I need to register?||A manufacturer that manufactures taxable goods and:
NOTE: It is mandatory for some companies to be registered, while some can choose to be voluntarily registered.
|Any person that provides taxable services has to be registered if the total amount of taxable services provided in 12 months exceeds the threshold.
F&B – RM1.5 million
Credit Card, Freight Forwarder – No threshold
Other Services – RM500,000
|When is it payable?||Accrual basis
How to register?
You need to register your business through the MySST website.
Even though your business is exempted from Sales Tax under Sales Tax (Persons Exempted from Payment of Tax) Order 2018, an application for exemption is needed to be made through the MySST website.
How to file the SST return?
How to pay SST?
You can make the payment via CJP system, but there is an RM100 million transaction limit for a corporate bank account and RM100k for an individual bank account.
If you don’t prefer online banking, you can make the payment by cheque or bank draft payable to ‘Ketua Pengarah Kastam Malaysia’ and mail it to the CPC.
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For further and detailed info about SST: https://mysst.customs.gov.my/FAQServicesTax