2. BUSINESS TAXATION
Incentive To Promote International Trading
Local companies granted 'International Trading Company' status will be given income
tax exemption equivalent to 70% of statutory income (after deduction of capital allowance)
arising from increased export sales for a period of 5 years.
To qualify as an 'International Trading Company', the criteria are as follows:
||must be a Malaysian incorporated company;
||achieve an annual sales turnover of more than RM25 million;
||at least 70 % Malaysian equity;
||market manufactured goods; and
||must be registered with Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation.
In order to qualify for this incentive, among others, the company should use local
facilities such as banking, finance, insurance, shipping, ports and warehousing.
This proposal will be effective from the year of assessment 1999
'Group Relief' For Food Production
It is proposed that a company resident in Malaysia may surrender its adjusted loss
in respect of a food production project to one or more related companies resident
The qualifying criteria are:
||the related companies must be companies where 70% of the equity
is owned by the same shareholder;
||the food products must be approved by the Minister of Finance;
||at least 80% of sales is for domestic market;
||the project must be implemented within 1 year from the date of
||this incentive is mutually exclusive with incentives such as pioneer
status, investment tax allowance and reinvestment allowance.
Application for approval of the project must be made to the Ministry of Agriculture
on or before 31 December 1999.
Income from charter of Malaysian ships
The exemption currently enjoyed by Malaysian residents on income derived from the
business of transporting cargo and passengers on board Malaysian ships is now extended
to include rental income received from time charter and voyage charter of Malaysian
To promote unit trusts and property unit trusts as collective investment vehicles,
interest income received by such unit trusts are now exempted from tax.
(a) Life insurance companies
Life insurance companies are taxed separately on its Life Fund
at a concessional rate of 8%, and on its Shareholders' Fund at the normal corporate
rate of 28%. The tax treatment of the actuarial surplus, which is apportioned from
the Life Fund to the Shareholders' Fund, will be modified to tax the actual transfer
from the Life Fund to the Shareholders' Fund (rather than the current basis of taxing
the surplus on an accrual basis).
Interest due but not received on non-performing loans is not
recognised as income in the accounts. This interest is currently taxed on an accrual
basis before the interest income is received. It is proposed that 50% of the interest
income will not be taxed. However, such income will be taxed when it is received.
This concessionary treatment will be effective only for the years of assessment 1999
Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) and Stamp Duty
(a) RPGT and stamp duty exemption on financial institution mergers
Financial institutions will be granted exemption from stamp
duty and real property gains tax for mergers completed between 24 October 1998 to
30 June 1999.
(b) Stamp duty exemption on loan refinancing instruments
Exemption from stamp duty will be granted on refinancing instruments
with respect to term loans only (ie. where the refinancing facility represents a
term loan for the purpose of funding the balance of the original loan). No exemption
will be given for instruments used for refinancing overdraft facilities or working
capital. Where a syndicated loan is involved, the refinancing loan agreement must
stipulate the amount of refinancing loans given by each bank.
This exemption is effective from 24 October 1998.
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