Tourism Tax Coming to Malaysia

June 9, 2017 Taxation in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur.KULA LAMPUR – Within a month tourist coming to Malaysia will be forced to pay an extra tax for their accommodation.

Malaysia will implement a tax on tourist accommodation on July 1st, according to a statement made on June 8th by the Minister of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

The tax was previously expected to be enacted on August 1st, and details to that effect were made public on the Royal Malaysian Customs Department’s website.

However, the references to August 1st have now been taken down.

The tax will be levied at rates between MYR2.5 per room per night for small unrated hotels, and to a maximum rate of MYR 20 per room per night for 5-star hotels.

The tax is expected to bring in approximately MYR654.62 million, based on the assumption that the country’s 11 million hotel rooms would see an average occupancy rate of 60 percent.

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