Govt considers imposing departure levy in September


KUALA LUMPUR: The government is considering to implement a departure levy for those flying out of the country in September, says Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Amiruddin Hamzah.

“It will probably be after the haj season, probably in September," he told reporters when met at the Parliament lobby Tuesday (July 2).

Asked if the departure levy would be segmented based on the class of the air tickets, Amiruddin said the government hasn’t decided yet.

“There are suggestions that we take into account the class of the air tickets.

“Other suggestions will be taken into account and tabled in Cabinet," he said.

The Departure Levy Bill 2019 was tabled and passed in April during the previous parliamentary session.

The government initially planned to impose the departure levy on June 1. However, it wasn’t known why the proposed levy was postponed.

In Budget 2019, the government had proposed a departure levy of RM20 to Asean countries and RM40 for non-Asean countries.

Previously, Amiruddin was quoted as saying that the levy, if imposed, will enable the government to collect between RM900mil and RM1bil in revenue. 


   

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