Double Tax Treaties in Malaysia

Updated on Friday 09th September 2016

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The treaties for the avoidance of double taxation are bilateral agreements signed by two contracting states in order to sustain the development of the business relationships established between the two countries, by offering various tax deductions to tax residents of a contracting state, who are performing taxable activities in the other contracting state. Our specialists in company formation in Malaysia can offer assistance to foreign investors interested in the main benefits they can obtain if they want to start a business here as a tax resident of one of the numerous states with which Malaysia signed double tax treaties (DTA). 

Contracting states for Malaysian DTA  

The local authorities provide an attractive business environment to those who are interested in opening a company in Malaysia. One of the ways in which foreign entrepreneurs can obtain various benefits refers to the stipulations of the DTAs signed by Malaysia with other countries.

At the moment, Malaysia entered into an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation with the following states:  Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia& Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, China, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, Morocco, Mongolia, Myanmar, Namibia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Phillipines, Poland, Quatar, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles Republic, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. 

Limited DTAs signed by Malaysia 

However, some of the agreements signed with several countries have included stipulations referring to the avoidance of double taxation for air and sea transportation activities, which is not applicable in the case of the DTAs contracted with Argentina and the United States of America; our agents in company formation in Malaysia can offer more details on these provisions. 

Businessmen interested in receiving more details on the provisions of the double taxation treaties signed by Malaysia can contact our team of company incorporation agents