Accounting and tax in 2021

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  1. Corporate tax in Labuan is levied only on trading companies at 3% of audited net profit for income sourced outside Malaysia. Non-trading (investment holding) companies are not subject to tax;
  2. Malaysia resident companies are subject to 17% corporate tax for chargeable income below MYR 500,000 and 24% for incomes above this threshold;
  3. Capital gains and import duties are completely exempt from capital gains tax in Labuan;
  4. Non-resident Labuan companies are exempt from indirect taxes such as VAT, sales tax, custom duties and GST. All resident Labuan companies making sales within Malaysia are levied indirect taxes in the form of GST at a rate of 6%;
  5. Income obtained from royalties and intellectual property received by a Labuan company is subject to 24% corporate tax rate;
  6. Tax returns must be filed by 31st March, or a 10% penalty will be imposed on the outstanding balance;
  7. There are no exchange controls imposed on Labuan offshore companies. Moreover, there are no restrictions on Labuan companies transacting with Malaysian residents in Malaysian Ringgit, including paying for their administrative or statutory expenses;
  8. Labuan based companies can take advantage of Malaysia’s double tax avoidance treaties with more than 73 countries including Australia, China, Singapore, UK and the United States;
  9. Healy Consultants Group PLC will assist our Clients with i) documenting and implementing accounting procedures; ii) implementing financial accounting software; iii) preparation of financial accounting records; and iv) preparing forecasts, budgets, and sensitivity analysis;
  10. Clients need to note of their personal and corporate tax obligations in the countries of residence and domicile, and that they will fulfil these obligations annually. Let us know if you need Healy Consultants Group PLC’s assistance to clarify your annual reporting obligations.

Legal and compliance

Healy Consultants Group PLC’s Legal and Compliance department assists our Clients to fulfil their annual legal and tax obligations for their Labuan companies.

Company Regulations

  • A Labuan offshore company requires at least 1 director and 1 secretary who are both resident in Labuan. Both positions can be held by the same individual. It also requires 1 shareholder who can be i) of any nationality and ii) an individual or a body corporate;
  • A Labuan offshore company must appoint its resident company director and secretary either through i) a Labuan trust company; ii) a domestic company completely owned by the trust company or iii) a licensed or registered domestic company holding shares in a Labuan company. Healy Consultants Group PLC will assist our Client’s firm to appoint a suitable Labuan legal entity;
  • Prior approval is required from Labuan FSA for companies engaging in activities including i) Islamic financial services ii) banking iii) insurance iv) fund management v) leasing vi) factoring transactions and vii) accounting;
  • An offshore company is not allowed to issue bearer shares;
  • If the Malaysian word “Sdn. Bhd.” is used in the company’s name to denote limited liability, it must be preceded with a “L” to show that the company was incorporated in Labuan;
  • It is compulsory for all Labuan companies to comply with annual audit obligations.

Staff Regulations

  • The minimum wage in Labuan is US$265 per month;
  • Employers must make monthly contributions of 12% of an employee’s remuneration to the employment provident fund. Non-compliance subjects employer to i) 3 years of imprisonment and/or ii) a fine of US$3,000;
  • Each marketing office of a Labuan company cannot have more than four employees;
  • Employees in Malaysia work 48 hours per week. Companies must provide one-day off a week;
  • Companies with more than 40 employees must establish a joint labour-management safety committee for a safe, healthy workplace for its workers;
  • Resignation notice period for employees who have worked with the company for less than 2 years is 4 weeks, between 2 and 5 years is 6 weeks and more than 5 years is 8 weeks;
  • Labuan companies are required to pay their employees termination benefits. The benefit amount can be up to 20 days’ wages for each year of service.

Reporting Regulations

  • A Labuan company must submit financial statements to an independent statutory annual audit;
  • All Labuan companies can now freely conduct business with resident Malaysia companies and deal in Malaysian Ringgits directly. Transactions with Malaysian residents no longer need to be notified to the Labuan FSA.

Labuan economic substance requirements

All companies incorporated in Labuan that are carrying out any “Labuan business activity” must mandatorily meet the following requirements of:

  • Having a minimum number of full-time employees in Labuan;
  • Satisfying the minimum required annual operating expenditure in Labuan.

Please refer to the table below for a detailed insight regarding the minimum substance requirement for each company type:

S. No.Type of Labuan CompanyMinimum substance requirements for full time employeesMinimum substance requirements for annual operating expenditure
1.Insurance company and Takaful operators4US$36,166
(RM 150,000)
2.International commodity trading company3US$723,315
(RM 3,000,000)
3.Banking and investment company3US$48,400
(RM 180,000)
4.Trust company3US$28,933
(RM 120,000)
5.Fund managing company2US$24,111
(RM 100,000)
6.Leasing company2US$24,111
(RM 100,000)
7.Holding company2US$12,055
(RM 50,000)
8.Labuan Payment Service Operator Licensed company2US$24,111
  • If a Labuan company does not meet the minimum substance requirements laid out in the 2019 LBATA amendments then, the company will not be entitled to be taxed under the LBATA 1990. Instead, it will be liable to a corporate tax of 24% under the Income Tax Act 1967 of Malaysia;
  • All Labuan companies are also required to have a physical office space in Labuan for its full-time employees;
  • A dormant Labuan company is not required to meet the above minimum substance requirements.

Contact us

For additional information on our accounting and tax services in Labuan, please contact our in-house country expert, Mr. Simon Guidecoq, directly:
client relationship officer - Simon
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