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Friday, January 14, 2011

Service tax increase to 6% from 5%

I was asking about where to get a genuine Astro remote control from the Astro call centre. Only now that I found out that the genuine remote controls are not sold in local Astro centre, we have to get it from a shop name Cynnyx. Selling price is RM30.

While searching for the call centre contact number, I accidentally saw this: Government Service Tax. With effect from 1 January 2011, all pay TV broadcasting services (paid satellite broadcasting services) including Astro will be subjected to a service tax of 6% as announced by the Government in the Budget 2011 in which this service was not subject to service tax previously.

This means my coming Astro bill will be charged an additional 6% as the GST!!! *Faint*While searching for more info regarding the Astro GST, I realized that we will be paying almost everything higher price than yester-years!

According to the Malaysia Budget 2011, service tax rate will be increased from 5% to 6% with effect from 1 Jan 2011. This will impact quite a number of service industry as well as individual consumptions. This may be a temporary measure to increase government revenue while pending the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST). You may probably feel the effect of service tax increase, although some said marginal, in 2011 when you visit to the restaurants, or when you pay your telephone bills.

Oh, gosh! My future telephone bills, broadband bills, food bills is even higher by 1%. You may think it's not many difference, but this may brings the government a lot of extra income!!! I need a beam clamps! #@$%@^


Inspired Momx1 said...

Read it somewhere but didn't realise it had been enforced already. 1% each can add up to a lot of 1%. *sighs*

Cindy said...

Yaya... Govt earn a lot huh?