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Malaysian Internet Users To Pay More As Google Raises SST Rate To 8pc From March, Streaming Services Next

Users of Google Workspace received emails recently mentioning that they will be receiving new invoices reflecting the change in SST rates. The company did say that the change will be automatic, and no action is required to be taken by the customers. Even so, it is a blow to the wallet of users as the SST will see an increase in their monthly payments to Google.

Expect other online services to increase SST too

We can also expect other online services such as streaming and gaming to see increased SST rates too. Expect brands such as Netflix, Disney Hotstar, Viu and others to make statements soon. Streaming services were first appended with SST way back in January 2020 — which saw a slight increase in the monthly fee for the services. We should see something similar happen with the new SST rate increase.

Gaming will not be spared too as we should see services like Steam, PlayStation Network and PC Game Pass see some increase in monthly fees with the increase of the SST rate.

Some services are exempted from the SST increase

At the same time, the government confirmed that some services will not see the 2% rate increase. This includes food and beverages (F&B) and telecommunication as the two sectors are deemed essential to the rakyat. Car parks and logistics services will also not see an SST increase as well.

The SST increase is part of the government’s plan to increase revenue to create more funds for public infrastructure. Also announced during the budget is the introduction of the luxury goods tax and enforcement of the capital gains tax. — SoyaCincau

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