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Finance Act 2004

Finance

LAWS OF MALAYSIA

RepRint

Act 639

FINANCE ACT 2004

Incorporating all amendments up to 1 January 2006 published by

the CommissioneR of law Revision, malaysia

undeR the authoRity of the Revision of laws aCt 968 in CollaboRation with

peRCetakan nasional malaysia bhd

2006

FINANCE ACT 2004

date of Royal assent... ... ... ... .... ... 4 december 004 date of publication in the Gazette ... ... 30 december 004 3

LAWS OF MALAYSIA

Act 639

FINANCE ACT 2004

aRRanGement of seCtions

Chapter I

pReliminaRy

section

. short title

. amendments of acts

Chapter ii

amendments to the inCome taX aCt 967

3. Commencement of amendments to the income tax act 967

4. amendment of section

5. amendment of section 6

6. amendment of section 6a

7. amendment of section 34

8. amendment of section 44

9. amendment of section 45a

0. amendment of section 46 . amendment of section 47

. amendment of section 49

3. amendment of section 6

4. new section 6a

5. amendment of section 63a

6. amendment of section 63b

7. new section 63C

8. special provision relating to section 63C 4 Laws of Malaysia Act 639

section

9. new section 63d

0. amendment of section 77 . amendment of section 86

. amendment of section 03

3. new section 09d

4. new section b

5. new section C

6. amendment of section 5

7. amendment of schedule

8. amendment of schedule 3

9. special provision relating to paragraph 3 of schedule 3

30. special provision relating to paragraph 35 of schedule 3

3. amendment of schedule 4a

3. amendment of schedule 4C

33. amendment of schedule 6 Chapter iii

amendments to the petRoleum (inCome taX) aCt 967

34. Commencement of amendments to the petroleum (income tax) act 967

35. amendment of section

36. amendment of section 8

37. amendment of second schedule

38. special provision relating to paragraph 3 of second schedule

39. special provision relating to paragraph 8 of second schedule Chapter iv

amendment to the Real pRopeRty Gains taX aCt 976

40. Commencement of amendment to the Real property Gains tax act 976

4. amendment of schedule 5Finance

Chapter v

amendment to the stamp aCt 949

section

4. Commencement of amendment to the stamp act 949

43. amendment of first schedule 6 Laws of Malaysia Act 639

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LAWS OF MALAYSIA

Act 639

FINANCE ACT 2004

an act to amend the income tax act 967, the petroleum (income tax) act 967, the Real property Gains tax act 976 and the stamp act 949.

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ENACTED by the parliament of malaysia as follows: Chapter i

pReliminaRy

Short title

1. this act may be cited as the finance act 004. Amendments of Acts

2. the income tax act 967 [Act 53], the petroleum (income tax) act 967 [Act 543], the Real property Gains tax act 976 [Act 169] and the stamp act 949 [Act 378] are amended in the manner specified in Chapters ii, iii, iv and v respectively. Chapter ii

amendments to the inCome taX aCt 967

Commencement of amendments to the Income Tax Act 1967

3. () sections 4, 5, 6, and subparagraph 7(b)(ii) and sections 8, 9, 0, , , 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 3, 7, 8, 9, 30, 3

and 3 have effect for the year of assessment 005 and subsequent years of assessment.

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() paragraph 7(a) has effect for the year of assessment 00 and subsequent years of assessment.

(3) subparagraph 7(b)(i) and sections 0, and have effect for the year of assessment 004 and subsequent years of assessment.

(4) sections 4, 5 and 6 shall come into operation on January 005.

(5) paragraph 33(a) has effect for the year of assessment 003 and subsequent years of assessment.

(6) paragraph 33(b) is deemed to have come into operation on september 004.

Amendment of section 2

4. the income tax act 967, which is referred to as the "principal act" in this Chapter, is amended in section --

(a) in subsection ()--

(i) by inserting after the definition of "business" the following definition:

` "Central bank" means the Central bank

of malaysia established under section 3 of the

Central bank of malaysia act 958 [Act 519]';

and

(ii) by inserting after the definition of "royalty" the following definition:

` "securities Commission" means the securities

Commission established under section 3 of the

securities Commission act 993 [Act 498]';

and

(b) in subsection (8) by substituting for the words "in accordance with the principles of syariah" the words "approved by the Central bank or the securities Commission, as a scheme which is in accordance with the principles of syariah where such disposal is strictly required for the purpose of complying with those principles but which will not be required in any other schemes of financing". 9Finance

Amendment of section 6

5. subsection 6() of the principal act is amended-- (a) in paragraph (h) by substituting for the full stop at the end of that paragraph a semicolon; and

(b) by inserting after paragraph (h) the following paragraph:

"(i) subject to section 09d but notwithstanding any other provisions of this act, income tax shall

be charged for each year of assessment upon

the income of a non-resident unit holder which

consists of income distributed by the unit trust

referred to in section 6a at the appropriate rate as specified under part X of schedule .".

Amendment of section 6A

6. subsection 6a(3a) of the principal act is amended by substituting for the words "four hundred" the words "five hundred". Amendment of section 34

7. section 34 of the principal act is amended-- (a) by inserting after subsection (3) the following subsections:

"(3a) the reference to the debt which is partly

irrecoverable under paragraph ()(b), shall be deemed, in the case of a bank, to include all interest in respect of a loan or credit facility accrued from the date that such loan or facility is classified as non-performing loan in accordance with the relevant guidelines issued by the Central bank.

(3b) for the purpose of subsection (3a), "bank"

means a bank or a finance company or a banking and finance company licensed or deemed to be licensed under the banking and financial institutions act 989 [Act 372] or islamic banking act 983 [Act 276],

or an institution prescribed under the development financial institutions act 00 [Act 618]"; and

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(b) in subsection (6)--

(i) by substituting for paragraph (m) the following paragraph:

"(m) an amount equal to the expenditure, not

being capital expenditure, incurred by a

company in the relevant period for the

purpose of obtaining accreditation for a

laboratory or as a certification body, as

evidenced by a certificate issued by the

department of standards malaysia:

provided that the expenditure incurred

in the relevant period shall be deemed to

be incurred by that company in the basis

period for the year of assessment in which

the certificate is issued;"; and

(ii) by inserting after paragraph (m) as amended the following paragraph:

"(ma) anamounttwicetheamountoftheexpenditure,

not being capital expenditure, incurred

by a company in the relevant period for

the purpose of obtaining certification for

recognized quality systems and standards,

and halal certification, evidence by a

certificate issued by a certification body

as determined by the minister:

provided that the expenditure incurred

in the relevant period shall be deemed to

be incurred by that company in the basis

period for the year of assessment in which

the certificate is issued;".

Amendment of section 44

8. section 44 of the principal act is amended-- (a) in paragraph ()(d) by substituting for the words "or ()" the words ", () or (a)"; and

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(b) by inserting after subsection () the following subsection:

"(a) there shall be deducted pursuant to this

subsection from the aggregate income of a company for the relevant year reduced by any deduction for that year in accordance with subsection () an amount equal to the payment of zakat perniagaan which is paid in the basis period for that relevant year to an appropriate religious authority established under any written law or any person authorized by such religious authority:

provided that--

(a) the amount to be deducted pursuant to this

subsection shall not exceed one-fortieth

of the aggregate income of the company

in the relevant year; and

(b) the company is not an offshore company.".

Amendment of section 45A

9. section 45a of the principal act is amended by substituting for the word "two" the word "three".

Amendment of section 46

10. subsection 46() of the principal act is amended-- (a) in paragraph (e), by substituting for the word "five" the word "six"; and

(b) in paragraph (i), by substituting for the word "five" the word "seven".

Amendment of section 47

11. paragraph 47()(b) of the principal act is amended by substituting for the word "two" the word "three". Laws of Malaysia Act 639

Amendment of section 49

12. section 49 of the principal act is amended-- (a) in subsection () by substituting for the word "five" the word "six"; and

(b) in subsection (a) by substituting for the word "five" the word "six".

Amendment of section 61

13. section 6 of the principal act is amended-- (a) in the proviso to subsection (a) by substituting for the words "exempt income" the words "income exempt

from tax, other than income exempt under section 6a,"; and

(b) by inserting after subsection (a) the following subsection: "(lb) any income which is distributed by a

unit trust to a unit holder under subsection (a)

shall be deemed to be derived from malaysia.".

New section 61A

14. the principal act is amended by inserting after section 6 the following section:

"Exemption of Real Estate Investment Trust or Property Trust Fund

61A. () the total income of a unit trust for a year of assessment which is equivalent to the amount of income distributed to the unit holder in the basis period for that year of assessment which is ascertained by reference to the unit holder's share of that income shall be exempt from tax. () in this section, "unit trust" means a unit trust which is approved by the securities Commission as Real estate investment trust or property trust fund.".

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Amendment of section 63A

15. section 63a of the principal act is amended by inserting after subsection (5) the following subsection:

"(6) this section shall not apply to a unit trust referred to in subsection 6a().".

Amendment of section 63b

16. section 63b of the principal act is amended by inserting after subsection () the following subsection:

"(3) this section shall not apply to a unit trust referred to in subsection 6a().".

New section 63c

17. the principal act is amended by inserting after section 63b the following section:

"Special treatment on rent from the letting of real property of a Real Estate Investment Trust or Property Trust Fund

63c. () the provision of this section shall apply notwithstanding any other provisions of this act. () where in the year of assessment, income of a unit trust consists of a rent from the letting of real property, the amount of the rent shall be treated as gross income of a unit trust from a source consisting of a business for that year of assessment.

(3) in ascertaining, for a year of assessment, the adjusted income of a unit trust from a source referred to in subsection (), any deductions to be made under this act in arriving to that income, in respect of that source for the basis period for that year of assessment shall only be allowed against the gross income from that source but--

(a) where the amount of the deduction exceeds the gross income from that source for that year of assessment, the excess shall be disregarded for the purposes of this act; and

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(b) where that source does not produce any income, the deduction from the gross income of that unit trust from that source of income shall not be allowed.

(4) in ascertaining, for a year of assessment, the statutory income of a unit trust from a source referred to in subsection (), any allowances for that year of assessment under schedule 3 in respect of that source shall only be available against the adjusted income of that source and if by reason of an absence or insufficiency of adjusted income from that source for the basis period for that year of assessment, effect cannot be given or be given in full to any allowance for that year of assessment in relation to that source, that allowance which has not been so made shall not be made to the unit trust for any subsequent years of assessment.

(5) for the purposes of this section, "unit trust" has the same meaning assigned to it under subsection 6la().". Special provision relating to section 63c

18. notwithstanding section 63C of the principal act as introduced by section 7 of this act, sections 43 and 44 of the principal act shall apply to a unit trust dealt with in section 63c of the principal act in respect of its adjusted loss (if any) or an allowance which is deemed to be made to that unit trust under paragraph 75 of schedule 3 of the principal act, which adjusted loss or allowance of the unit trust is ascertained prior to the coming into operation of section 7 of this act.

New section 63d

19. the principal act is amended by inserting after section 63C the following section:

"Income of a unit trust from the letting of real property is not income from a business

63d. subject to of section 63C but notwithstanding any other provisions of this act, income of a unit trust which consists of rent from the letting of real property shall not be treated as income from a source consisting of a business.". 5Finance

Amendment of section 77

20. section 77 of the principal act is amended-- (a) by substituting for subsection () excluding the proviso to that subsection the following subsection:

"() every person, other than a company, trust body or co-operative society to which section 77a

applies, shall for each year of assessment furnish to the director General a return in the prescribed form--

(a) in the case of that person who is carrying on a business, not later than 30 June in the year

following that year of assessment; or

(b in any other case than the case in paragraph

(a), not later than 30 april in the year

following the year of assessment:"; and

(b) by inserting after subsection () as amended by this act the following subsection:

"(1a) where subsection 45() applies, a reference to a person under paragraph (a) includes a reference

to an individual where his wife or her husband

who elects, as the case may be, is carrying on a

business.".

Amendment of section 86

21. subsection 86() of the principal act is amended by substituting for the word "april" the word "June".

Amendment of section 103

22. subsection 03() of the principal act is amended-- (a) in paragraph (a), by deleting the word "and" appearing at the end of the paragraph;

(b) by substituting for paragraph (b) the following paragraph:

"(b) in the case of a person referred to under paragraph 77(l)(a), 30 June in the year following the year

of assessment; and"; and

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(c) by inserting after paragraph (b) the following paragraph:

"(c) in any other case other than the cases referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b), 30 april in the year

following the year of assessment.".

New section 109d

23. the principal act is amended by inserting after section 09C the following section:

"Deduction of tax on the distribution of income of a unit trust

109d. () this section shall only apply to income of a unit trust which is exempt under section 6a.

() where a unit trust (in this section referred to as the payer) distributes income to a non-resident unit holder which is deemed to be derived from malaysia, the payer shall upon distributing the income, deduct therefrom tax at the rate applicable to such income and shall within one month after distributing such income, render an account and pay the amount of that tax to the director General:

provided that the director General may--

(a) give notice in writing to the payer requiring him to deduct and pay tax at any other rates or to distribute the income without deduction of tax; or

(b) under special circumstances, allow extension of time for the amount of tax deducted to be paid over.

(3) where the payer fails to pay any amount due from him under subsection (), that amount which he fails to pay shall be increased by an amount equal to ten per cent of the income liable to deduction of tax under that subsection and the total sum shall be a debt due from him to the Government and shall be payable forthwith to the director General. (4) where in pursuance of this section any amount is paid to the director General by the payer or recovered by the director General from the payer--

(a) the director General shall, in the manner provided by section 0, apply that amount towards payment

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of the tax charged on the unit holder to whom

the payer distributes income to which that amount relates; and

(b) if the payer has not deducted that amount in distributing the income under subsection () with respect to

which that amount relates, he may recover that

amount from that unit holder as a debt due to the payer.

(5) section 0 shall apply mutatis mutandis to tax deducted under this section.".

New section 111b

24. the principal act is amended by inserting after part vii the following part:

"part viia

fund foR taX Refund

Establishment of Fund for Tax Refund

111b. () there is hereby established a fund, to be known as the fund for tax Refund (in this section referred to as "the fund") which shall be specified in and incorporated into the second schedule to the financial procedure act 957 [Act 61].

() there shall be paid from time to time into the fund such amount of tax collected under this act as may be authorized by the minister.

(3) the moneys of the fund shall be applied for the making of a refund of an amount of tax paid in excess of the amount payable as ascertained in section of this act.

(4) the fund shall be administered by the accountant General of malaysia.

(5) notwithstanding the provisions of subsection () and the financial procedure act 957, the minister may from time to time authorize the payment into the Consolidated 8 Laws of Malaysia Act 639

Revenue account in the federal Consolidated fund of all or any part of the moneys of the fund.".

New section 111c

25. the principal act is amended by inserting after section b the following section:

"Non applicability of section 14A of the Financial Procedure Act 1957

111c. section 14a of the financial procedure act 957 shall not apply to any refund in excess of the amount payable as ascertained in section .".

Amendment of section 151

26. the principal act is amended by substituting for section 5 the following section:

"Procedure for making refunds and repayments

151. where the director General is authorized or required by this act to make any refund or repayment, he shall certify the amount of the sum to be refunded or repaid and cause the refund or repayment to be made forthwith.".

Amendment of Schedule 1

27. schedule of the principal act is amended by inserting after part iX the following part:

"part X

notwithstanding part i, income tax shall be charged on the income of a non-resident unit holder consisting of income distributed to that unit holder referred to in section 09d which is derived from malaysia at the rate of 8% of gross.".

Amendment of Schedule 3

28. schedule 3 of the principal act is amended-- (a) in paragraph 3--

(i) by renumbering that paragraph as subparagraph 3();

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(ii) in subparagraph 3() as renumbered, by substituting for the words "paragraphs 3a to" the word

"paragraph"; and

(iii) by inserting after subparagraph 3() the following subparagraph:

"() for the purpose of this schedule, the qualifying building expenditure in the case of purchase of a building shall be the amount of the purchase price of that building.";

(b) by deleting paragraphs 3a, 4 and 5; and

(c) in paragraph 35--

(i) by substituting for the colon at the end of the paragraph a full stop; and

(ii) by deleting the proviso to the paragraph.

Special provision relating to paragraph 3 of Schedule 3

29. notwithstanding paragraph 3 of schedule 3 to the principal act as amended under paragraph 8(a) of this act, where the amount of qualifying building expenditure has been determined pursuant to paragraph 3, 3a, 4 or 5 of the principal act before the coming into operation of the amendment to those paragraphs under section 8 of this act, that amount of qualifying building expenditure shall continue to apply for the purposes of that schedule.

Special provision relating to paragraph 35 of Schedule 3

30. notwithstanding paragraph 35 of schedule 3 to the principal act, where prior to the coming into operation of the amendment to that paragraph under paragraph 8(c) of this act, a person has incurred capital expenditure on the construction or the purchase of a building which is used as an industrial building, no charge (if any) shall be made on that person under paragraph 35 schedule 3 to the principal act as amended if the building is disposed off after the basis period for a year of assessment which is the fiftieth year of assessment after the year of assessment in the basis year in which that building was constructed. 0 Laws of Malaysia Act 639

Amendment of Schedule 4A

31. schedule 4a of the principal act is amended by inserting after paragraph 8 the following paragraph:

"9. the minister may prescribe any capital expenditure incurred by a person in his business as qualifying farm expenditure and the amount of deduction in respect of that qualifying farm expenditure which would otherwise fall to be made to him under paragraph 4.". Amendment of Schedule 4c

32. schedule 4C of the principal act is amended in paragraph (a) by substituting for the word "005" the word "00". Amendment of Schedule 6

33. schedule 6 of the principal act is amended-- (a) in subparagraph 5()--

(i) in subsubparagraph (a), by deleting the word "or" at the end of that subsubparagraph;

(ii) in subsubparagraph (b), by substituting for the full stop at the end of that subsubparagraph the

words "; or " ; and

(iii) by inserting after subsubparagraph (b) the following subsubparagraph:

"(c) if the retirement takes place on reaching

the compulsory age of retirement pursuant

to a contract of employment or collective

agreement at the age of 50 but before 55 and

that employment has lasted for ten years with

the same employer or with companies in the

same group:

provided that the sum shall not exceed an

amount ascertained by multiplying the sum of

six thousand ringgit by the number of completed

years of service in that employment."; and

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(b) by inserting after paragraph 33 the following paragraph:

"33a. interest paid or credited to any company not resident in malaysia, other than such interest accruing to a place of business in malaysia of such company--

(a) in respect of securities issued by the Government; or

(b) in respect of islamic securities or debenture issued in Ringgit malaysia, other than convertible loan stock, approved by the securities Commission.".

Chapter iii

amendments to the petRoleum (inCome taX) aCt 967

Commencement of amendments to the Petroleum (Income Tax) Act 1967

34. () section 35 has effect for the year of assessment 003 and subsequent years of assessment.

() section 36 has effect for the year of assessment 005 and subsequent years of assessment.

(3) sections 37, 38 and 39 have effect for the year of assessment 006 and subsequent years of assessment.

Amendment of section 2

35. the petroleum (income tax) act 967, which is referred to as the "principal act" in this Chapter, is amended in section by substituting for the definition of "petroleum operations" the following definition:

` "petroleum operations" means--

(a) searching for and winning or obtaining of petroleum in malaysia by or on behalf of any person for

his own account or on a joint account with any

other person by any drilling, mining, extracting or other like operations or process, in the course of a Laws of Malaysia Act 639

business carried on by that person engaged in such operations, and all operations incidental thereto, and any sale or disposal by or on behalf of that person of petroleum so won or obtained, and includes the transportation within malaysia by or on behalf of that person of petroleum so won or obtained to any point of sale or delivery or export, but does not include--

(i) any transportation of petroleum outside

malaysia;

(ii) any process of refining or liquefying of

petroleum;

(iii) any dealings with products so refined or

liquefied; or

(iv) service involving the supply and use of rigs, derricks, ocean tankers and barges; and

(b) any sale or disposal by petroleum nasional berhad within malaysia of petroleum obtained from outside of malaysia and includes the transportation within malaysia by, or on behalf of, petroleum nasional

berhad of such petroleum to any point of sale or

delivery within malaysia;'.

Amendment of section 18

36. paragraph 8()(h) of the principal act is amended-- (a) by substituting for the semicolon at the end of the paragraph a colon; and

(b) by inserting the proviso to that paragraph as follows: "provided that this paragraph shall not apply if the payer has paid the amount of deduction of tax and the increased amount which is equal to ten per cent of that deduction which are due and payable under the provisions of that law;".

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Amendment of Second Schedule

37. the second schedule of the principal act is amended-- (a) in paragraph 3--

(i) by renumbering that paragraph as subparagraph 3();

(ii) in subparagraph 3() as renumbered, by substituting for the words "paragraphs 3a to" the word

"paragraph"; and

(iii) by inserting after subparagraph 3() the following subparagraph:

"() for the purpose of this schedule, the qualifying building expenditure in the case of purchase of

a building shall be the purchase price of that

building.";

(b) by deleting paragraphs 3a, 4 and 5; and

(c) in paragraph 8--

(i) by substituting for the colon at the end of that paragraph a full stop; and

(ii) by deleting the proviso to that paragraph.

Special provision relating to paragraph 3 of Second Schedule

38. notwithstanding the provision of paragraph 3 of second schedule to the principal act as amended under paragraph 37(a) of this act, where the amount of qualifying building expenditure has been determined pursuant to paragraph 3, 3a, 4 or 5 of the principal act prior to the coming into operation of the amendment to those paragraphs under section 37 of this act, that amount of qualifying building expenditure shall continue to apply for the purposes of that schedule.

Special provision relating to paragraph 18 of Second Schedule

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operation of the amendment under paragraph 37(c) of this act, a person has incurred capital expenditure on the construction or the purchase of a building which is used as an industrial building, no charge (if any) shall be made on that person under paragraph 8 of second schedule to the principal act as amended if the building is disposed off after the basis period for a year of assessment which is the fiftieth year of assessment after the year of assessment in the basis year in which that building was constructed.

Chapter iv

amendment to the Real pRopeRty Gains taX

aCt 976

Commencement of amendment to the Real Property Gains Tax Act 1976

40. this Chapter is deemed to have come into operation on september 004.

Amendment of Schedule 2

41. the Real property Gains tax act 976 is amended in schedule in subparagraph 3(g) by substituting for that subparagraph the following subparagraph:

"(g) the disposal of any chargeable asset pursuant to a scheme of financing approved by the Central bank or the securities Commission as a scheme which is in accordance with the principles of syariah, where such disposal is strictly required for the purpose of compliance with those principles but which will not be required for any other schemes of financing.".

Chapter v

amendment to the stamp aCt 949

Commencement of amendment to the Stamp Act 1949

42. this Chapter is deemed to have come into operation on september 004.

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Amendment of First Schedule

43. the stamp act 949 is amended in the first schedule under the heading "GENERAL EXEMPTIONs", by inserting after paragraph 5 the following paragraph:

"6. an instrument executed pursuant to a scheme of financing approved by the Central bank or the securities Commission as a scheme which is in accordance with the principles of syariah, where such instrument is an additional instrument strictly required for the purpose of compliance with those principles but which will not be required for any other schemes of financing.".

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