What GST Means to You as a Student

GST (Goods & Services Tax) which is also known as VAT or value-added tax in many countries is a multi-stage consumption tax on goods and services. Malaysia will implement GST beginning 1 April 2015.

As a higher education student, your tuition fees are not subject to GST. Books are also on the GST-exempt list. Even the rental you pay for accommodation is exempt from this tax. So is it all rosy for a student? The answer is, not quite.

Here are some things you consume regularly which you will be paying GST for:

  • stationery
  • parking (for those who drive)
  • telephone bill, broadband and mobile internet bill
  • electricity bill (if it’s not included in your rental)
  • food at restaurants/cafe
  • banking services
  • printing and courier charges

As a student, you are probably not looking forward to paying extra for the things you consume. While GST is inevitable and here to stay, you should be a bit savvier in knowing when you need to pay GST. The Royal Malaysian Customs recommends that consumers ensure that they pay GST only to those businesses which have been duly registered and authorised to charge GST.

Please click here to read the IMU GST Notice.

Meanwhile if you need more information on GST, please access to Royal Malaysian Customs Department at http://gst.customs.gov.my/en/Pages/default.aspx

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