Tuesday, April 23

Finance minister maintains 6 pct service tax on mobile postpaid


Lim Guan Eng

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Finance maintains the six per cent service tax on mobile postpaid services as implemented under the Goods and Services Tax.

Its minister, Lim Guan Eng said the Sales and Services Tax (SST) exemption was only applicable to only citizens who used prepaid cards.

“Prepaid cards are often used by the low income group and this exemptions was given to assist them,” he told a press conference in conjunction with an SST briefing by the Finance Minister here yesterday.

Lim, on Wednesday, ordered prepaid telecommunications service providers to exempt the service tax on Malaysian customers.

He said the exemption was based on Section 34 (3) (a) of the Service Tax Act 2018 which came into effect today.

Through the exemption, customers will earn full credit when reloading and no longer subjected to the service tax.

However, the government is prepared to amend to the tax rate imposed if it poses a problem to businesses, he said, adding that, “I always emphasise that even though the government wants to increase its revenue, the economic well-being of the people is more important.” “That is why we will make the necessary amendment if businesses run into difficulty but at the same time we hope they may take initiatives to ensure they are able to comply with the stipulated laws so that we can carry out our respective responsibilities,” he added. — Bernama