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GST is Part and Parcel of Our Life

Everything we touch seems to be related to taxation. However, not many are fond of taxation but somehow; we have no choice but to acknowledge its importance because the only things certain in life are death and taxes which no one can escape from.

While most of us work hard to increase our wealth and like to accumulate it via investment in properties when opportunities arise, some may have concerns on whether they are wealthy enough in the eyes of the Malaysia Inland Revenue (IRB) to afford properties which are viewed as “big ticket items”. This is especially for those who are pocket rich but who might not have declared their full taxable income to the IRB.

They are therefore not very sure if the IRB will pay them an unexpected visit when they start investing in properties. Hence, I noticed that if a person has yet to fully declare his true income which he has earned, he may choose to keep himself away from the radar of the IRB by being less active in property investment even though he is rich.

Property as an Ideal Investment

Nevertheless, most people including me agree that owning a roof over our heads is one of the most important personal goals life. In addition, putting our extra money in property investment could possibly bring better returns as compared to keeping our hard earned money in cash or placing it with the banks which can only give us a small return ranging from 0.2%-3% per year. Personally, I feel that at the end of the day, investment in properties is still smarter way to preserve and grow our wealth over the long term.

How GST plays an important role

In addition, with the proposed implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) come April 1, 2015, most goods and services including certain properties will be subjected to 6% GST. This will affect the supply of property which will potentially impact the top and bottom line of property developers due to the expected increase in costs. Thus, with the coming GST, many are interested to know why it will affect the property market.

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