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Maximizing Tax Savings: Tax rates for MSMEs in 2023

Are you a business owner with your fiscal year ending on December 31st? If so, you're in for some important news. It's time for your 9th-month tax revision in September 2023, and this year brings with it some significant changes in tax rates, especially tailored for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

Understanding the Tax Changes

Before we dive into the details, let's first understand the changes in tax rates for MSMEs. Up until the year of assessment (YA) 2022, the tax rate structure was different. However, beginning from YA 2023, the new rates offer even more favourable terms, potentially resulting in substantial tax savings for your business.

The New Tax Rate Structure

Here's a breakdown of the updated tax rate structure:

1. First RM150,000: This portion of your chargeable income will now be taxed at just 15%. That's a noticeable drop from the previous rate.

2. Next RM450,000: Income falling within this bracket will be taxed at 17%. This is where the savings start adding up.

3. Income Beyond RM600,000: For any income exceeding RM600,000, the tax rate remains at 24%.

Let's walk through an example to better understand the impact of these new tax rates. Imagine your chargeable income for the year is RM250,000. Here's how the tax payable would break down under the old and new tax rate structures:

Year of Assessment (YA) 2022:

  • Tax Payable: RM250,000 x 17% = RM42,500

Year of Assessment (YA) 2023:

  • First RM150,000 taxed at 15%: RM150,000 x 15% = RM22,500

  • The excess RM100,000 taxed at 17%: RM100,000 x 17% = RM17,000

  • Total Tax Payable: RM22,500 + RM17,000 = RM39,500

Now, let's calculate the potential tax savings:

Tax Savings = Tax Payable in YA 2022 - Tax Payable in YA 2023

Tax Savings = RM42,500 - RM39,500 = RM3,000.00

In this example, you can see that by revising the tax rates for YA 2023, your potential tax savings amount to RM3,000. That's RM3,000 that can be reinvested in your business, used to expand operations, or simply added to your bottom line.

This illustration highlights the real financial benefits of these new tax rates, and it underscores the importance of revising your tax estimate before the end of September 2023 to take full advantage of these savings.

Why You Should Act Now

You might be thinking, "My business activities haven't changed much, so I'll stick with my current tax estimate." However, here's the catch: These revised rates present a golden opportunity for tax savings, and you wouldn't want to miss out.

You have one last chance to revise your tax estimate to make the most of these changes. But hurry – you need to do this before the end of September 2023 to benefit from the potential savings.

How to Seize the Opportunity

Revising your tax estimate might sound like a complex task, but it's a crucial step to ensure you're taking full advantage of these new tax rates. To do this effectively, consider these steps:

1. Review Your Financials: Start by examining your financial statements and calculating your estimated taxable income for the year.

2. Consult a Tax Professional: It's highly recommended to seek guidance from a tax expert or accountant who can help you navigate the specifics of your situation.

3. Submit Revised Estimate: Once you've recalculated your tax liability, submit a revised tax estimate to the relevant authorities.

Act Now, Save Later

The clock is ticking, so don't delay. Reach out to your financial advisor or tax consultant to ensure you're on the right track to capitalize on these tax savings. By acting now and revising your tax estimate before the end of September 2023, you can secure a brighter financial future for your business.

Remember, these changes are designed to support and stimulate MSMEs like yours. Don't let this opportunity slip through your fingers. Act today to save big tomorrow!

For expert guidance and assistance in revising your tax estimate, contact us now at

603-2733 9915/16

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