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am I a Malaysian tax resident?

Hi I need advice whether I m doing the right thing to declare myself as a Malaysian tax resident

I based in Malaysia n stay in malaysia for more than 180 days in a year. However my income is coming from overseas. I m hired by a foreign company to assist its agent in promoting their products in various South East Asia countries. Can anyone tell me whether I m doing the right thing all this while?

Thanks in advance


I see you are a Malaysian citizen. That makes a difference. I think you may at least have to declare your offshore income in a tax return if it is a certain level.  I seem to remember on the annual tax form there is an area asking about offshore income. The HASIL website has details.

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Take a look at the first link above as it gives the figure above which you need to declare for tax.

If you don't have an employment contract perhaps you should be setting up a sole proprietorship company in Malaysia to defray expenses?

Thx for the advice. I appreciated it very much


Am I a foreign tax resident here in MY being from AU but not contracted to a MY business as a freelancer.

Just received this from my credit union bank in AU today...

Are you a foreign tax resident?
Our records show that you might be a foreign tax resident. We’re now required to identify members who are foreign tax residents, their country of foreign tax residency and Foreign Tax Identification Number in line with recent changes to laws* designed to counter global tax evasion.

While I've been in MY for >180 days. Only work has been from reviewing work send from the UK but paid into my Maybank account. Only about RM since Jan this year.

3 years ago when employed in MY I paid tax.

Do I need to re-register here in MY? Or no need and not classed as a foreign tax resident?

I think you retain your tax number always so you do in fact have a Malaysian one. I think you may be tax resident in MY because you are not under contract to a foreign company. So you are in effect self employed in Malaysia - reinforced because you are paid into a MYR local account. But if you earn MYR 34,001 per annum (there is also a married rate - check the link below), then you don't have to register to pay tax anyway. That is the tax threshold.

Thanks will check this out.

Also I've never used the online tax form. Is it easy or better to find an accountant to assist?  When is tax returns due and is it by calendar or financial year?

Tax return for 2016 was due by April 2017. An accountant is a good idea as I think the online system is not in English. Tax forms have to be submitted in BM too. Everyone is getting the kind of letter from their banking institutions around the world asking for all tax numbers.

Wow so not just Australia. I gather that they wish to access bank accounts in other countries re: tax evasion

Malaysia has signed up to an information sharing protocol starting this or next year. (Malaysia will first report in September 2018) Double taxation Treaties are available if necessary. … tories.pdf I read that Malaysian banks will be reporting on bank accounts held.

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