Transition to SST – lessons learnt for future tax reforms

MALAYSIA’s decision to abolish the goods and services tax (GST) and return to a sales and service tax (SST) regime after only a period of three years is not only significant in terms of changing the tax landscape, but also in terms of providing useful and critical lessons when significant tax reforms are contemplated in the future.

The return to the SST has happened at breakneck speed, understandably so as the government needed to meet the demands of the 100-day time-frame set in its manifesto. Just over a week after the election, there was an announcement on the reduction of the 6% GST rate to 0%, and then a few weeks later, that the SST would be reintroduced on Sept 1.

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