Pre arrival procedures
An expatriate who requires a work visa must apply for their visa before taking up an employment in Malaysia.
An expatriate taking up employment in Malaysia must apply for an employment pass before commencing employment. A local sponsor, who is usually the employing company in Malaysia, is required to support the application.
If the expatriate’s spouse and children also relocate to Malaysia, they will require a dependent’s pass.
The tax year or year of assessment (YA) for individual tax runs from 1 January to 31 December. Malaysia adopts a current year basis of assessment. This means that income for the calendar year 2010 is taxable in the YA 2010.
Tax returns and compliance
An employee has to file an income tax return by 30 April each year. There are schedular tax deductions (STD, i.e. pay-as-you-earn scheme) to be made by the employer for remuneration paid to an employee.
The employer is required to file a leavers form with the tax authorities no later than 1 month from the employee’s expected date of departure. For tax clearance purposes, the employer is required to withhold monies due to the employee from the date of notification of departure from Malaysia.