An individual, whether tax resident or non-resident in Malaysia, is taxed on any income accruing in or derived from Malaysia. Resident individuals are also subject to tax on foreign-sourced income received in Malaysia (see the Income determination section).
Personal income tax rates
The following rates are applicable to resident individual taxpayers for year of assessment 2023 onwards:
|Taxable income (MYR)||Tax on column 1 (MYR)||Tax on excess (%)|
A non-resident individual is taxed at a flat rate of 30% on total taxable income.
A qualified person (defined) who is a knowledge worker residing in Iskandar Malaysia is taxed at the rate of 15% on income from an employment with a designated company engaged in a qualified activity in that specified region.
An approved resident individual under the Returning Expert Programme having or exercising employment with a person in Malaysia would also enjoy a tax rate of 15% for five years on income from an employment.
A qualified person (defined) who is holding a key position (C-Suite) is taxed at the rate of 15% on income from employment with a company that has been granted a relocation tax incentive under the PENJANA initiative.
Local income taxes
There are no local taxes on personal income in Malaysia.