As introduced throughout Funds 2024, the federal government is ready to enhance the service tax from the 6% charge at current to eight% as of March 1. There are a couple of classes which are excluded from the brand new charge, together with F&B and telecommunications, however typically, customers are set to pay extra on account of the hike.
It has already been indicated that automobile servicing and repairs don’t fall beneath exempted classes beneath the revision, and so automobile upkeep is ready to value extra from March 1. Keep in mind that the service tax on this case is just utilized to labour fees and never on the components themselves.
In any case, the enjoyable doesn’t actually finish there, as a result of one other space the place motorists are set to pay extra is motor insurance coverage. Nothing has actually been highlighted about this within the information to date, however the phase will certainly see the two% enhance being utilized on it, as all business-to-consumer normal insurance coverage or takaful, excluding medical insurance coverage or medical takaful is topic to service tax.
Will it value you considerably extra? Nicely, not fairly, though it is determined by the protection or fairly how a lot you really must fork out for the premium itself. The service tax for motor insurance coverage is charged on the precise premium paid, which implies it’s calculated on the sum after NCD, if any, is utilized.
Taking the resident Honda CR-V’s 2023 insured sum of RM96,200 for instance, the service tax is RM102.84 on a premium costing RM1,713.97 (after making use of 55% NCD). That’s at 6%, and in case you apply an 8% charge on the premium to get a gauge of how issues form up, the service tax could be RM137.12, which is an additional RM34.27.
One other instance is offered by Hafriz’s Vary Rover Sport, for which he presently pays RM5,997 (with 38.33% NCD utilized) in insurance coverage. The service tax for that’s RM359.82, and this might enhance to RM479.77 if calculated with an 8% charge, translating to a further RM119.95.
As it’s with servicing prices, the margin of enhance from a standalone viewpoint isn’t drastic (until labour fees are exorbitant and the automobile you’re insuring is properly, costly), however like with the enhance within the electrical energy tariff for customers who use between 601 kWh and 1,500 kWh a month, it represents extra, unavoidable spend, and it’ll add up.
Relating to the applying of the brand new service tax charge, right here’s an fascinating bit – customers may very well must pay extra for his or her present motor insurance coverage if protection runs by March 1, if that in an FAQ by Zurich Malaysia is true.
The FAQ notes that the tax might be utilized partially on present insurance policies, the place a coverage with a protection interval from July 2023 to June 2024 will see the length of protection from March 1 to the top of the protection interval in June being topic to the service tax enhance.
It’s not identified whether or not it’s blanket throughout all suppliers, but it surely it wanting more likely to be the case, as an MSIG put up on its Fb web page notes the rise within the service tax in addition to the next remark:
“MSIG reserves the best to gather any undercharged service tax for insurance policies processed earlier than 1 March 2024 the place the insurance coverage interval spans throughout 1 March 2024. You’re obligated to pay any relevant taxes together with however not restricted to service tax and stamp responsibility which are imposed by the Malaysian tax authorities in relation to your coverage.”
Ought to this be the case, the query could be, whereas the calculation might be pro-rated, how precisely will coverage holders pay for the adjustment? We’ve got reached out to PIAM to seek out out extra about this, and can replace once we get additional info.
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