SST on cam­eras, smart­phones re­duced from 10% to 5%

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By STEPHANIE LEE stephanielee@thes­

KOTA KINABALU: The cam­era and smart­phone are the lat­est items to have their Sales and Ser­vice Tax (SST) re­duced from 10% to 5% start­ing yes­ter­day.

The tax was low­ered fol­low­ing re­quests and ap­peals from those in the in­dus­try, Fi­nance Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng said.

Ear­lier, Fed­er­a­tion of Com­mer­cial Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety pres­i­dent Kuan Tan said the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the SST would af­fect the de­vel­op­ment of the lo­cal sec­tor.

“There are a lot of other tax ex­emp­tions and re­duc­tions. You have to fa­mil­iarise your­self with SST,” Lim said dur­ing the sec­ond di­a­logue on SST here.

He said in­dus­tries in­clud­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers and ho­tels could claim many tax ex­emp­tions.

On a re­quest by Malaysian In­ter­na­tional Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try Sabah chair­man Datuk Seri Wong Khen Thau to have the SST (10% sales) and (6% ser­vice) re­duced by half for Sabah, Lim said they would look into this.

He said there were also items such as rice which was tax-ex­empted only in Sabah.

“Ev­ery­one can give us sug­ges­tions and pro­pos­als. We will look at how we can im­prove the im­ple­men­ta­tion of SST,” he said.

Lim said the gov­ern­ment needed to col­lect tax no mat­ter how much the peo­ple de­tested it as it was nec­es­sary to run a coun­try.

“SST is so much eas­ier on con­sumers and busi­nesses as com­pared to GST, so please un­der­stand and help us,” he said.

Also present dur­ing the di­a­logue was Cus­toms De­part­ment di­rec­tor-gen­eral Datuk Seri T. Subro­ma­niam.

Those with ques­tions on SST can call the Cus­toms hot­line or search for an­swers in the Cus­toms De­part­ment and SST-re­lated web­sites.

The pub­lic can also call Cus­toms of­fi­cials at 016-802 8018 or 013-854 0888 dur­ing of­fice hours for more in­for­ma­tion.

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