Saturday, March 28, 2015

Pre-GST Rolling Session!

This is the final open mats training session at PJ Jiujitsu Club, before the implementation of the GST (Goods & Services Tax) in Malaysia on 1/4/2015!

So what the heck is "GST"?

GST which is also known as VAT or the value added tax in many countries is a multi-stage consumption tax on goods and services.

GST is levied on the supply of goods and services at each stage of the supply chain from the supplier up to the retail stage of the distribution. Even though GST is imposed at each level of the supply chain, the tax element does not become part of the cost of the product because GST paid on the business inputs is claimable. Hence, it does not matter how many stages where a particular good and service goes through the supply chain because the input tax incurred at the previous stage is always deducted by the businesses at the next step in the supply chain.

GST is a broad based consumption tax covering all sectors of the economy i.e all goods and services made in Malaysia including imports except specific goods and services which are categorized under zero rated supply and exempt supply orders as determined by the Minister of Finance and published in the Gazette.

Taxes are paid so that the government can finance socio-economic development; which includes providing infrastructure, education, welfare, healthcare, national security etc.

 Today, almost 90% of the world's populations live in countries with GST, including China, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and India.

Well... that explains everything... Right? All I know is, some things will cost more from April onwards...

Anyway, let's keep on rollin'.

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