Tax Incentive for Organising Conferences in Malaysia

Tax Incentive for Organising Conferences in Malaysia
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Tax Incentive for Organising Conferences in Malaysia

Overview

On 29 July 2022, IRB issued Public Ruling (PR) No.2/2022 - Tax incentive for organising conferences in Malaysia. Generally, this PR has explained the tax incentive are available to:

1. Conference promoter promoting and organising conferences in Malaysia as its main activity; and

2. Qualifying person whose main activities are other than promoting and organising conferences in Malaysia. In simple words, the nature of business is not related to promoting and organising conferences. For instance, a manufacturing company.

Key takeaways:

You will understand: -

1. What is the tax incentive?

2. How to become an eligible conference promoter and qualifying person?

3. Differences between conference promoter and qualifying person?

4. Requirement of separate account?

Summary of learnings:

1. What is the tax incentive?

The tax incentive is given to eligible conference promoter and qualifying person.

The exemption is on 100% of the statutory income derived from organising conferences held in Malaysia in the relevant year of assessment.

2. How to become an eligible conferences promoter and qualifying person?

Brought in at least 500 foreign participants to attend conferences held in Malaysia in the year assessment.

3. Differences between conferences promoter and qualifying person

i) Under Income Tax (Exemption) (No.53) Order 2000 [P.U. (A) 500/2000], an eligible conference promoter must be a resident company, an association, or an organisation whose main activities are promoting and organizing conferences in Malaysia.

The period of exemption is effective from the year of assessment 1997 onwards.

ii) Whereas under Income Tax (Exemption) (No.4) Order 2021 [P.U. (A) 195/2021], a qualifying person which is a resident company, an association, or an organisation that carries on business not related to the activity of promoting and organizing conference is also eligible to enjoy the tax incentive.

The period of exemption is effective from the year of assessment 2020 until 2025.

4. Separate accounts

A separate account is required to be maintained for the income exempt under both P.U.(A) 500/2000 or P.U.(A) 195/2021.

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