If Your Electricity Bill Is More Than RM220 A Month, Prepare To Pay 8% SST From 1 March

The Finance Ministry expects that 85% of users will not be affected by the tax hike.

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If your electricity bill comes up to more than RM220 a month, you will have to start paying 8% service tax starting 1 March

According to the New Straits Times, the Finance Ministry confirmed the 8% Sales and Service Tax (SST) charge on users with electricity usage exceeding 600kWh a month.

This would mean that only users with a bill of roughly more than RM220 a month will see an 8% service tax charged on the additional consumption past 600kWh.

For example, according to the TNB Calculator, if a user has a bill of RM250, 8% SST will only be charged on the additional RM30, which is RM2.40. The total bill is estimated to be RM252.40.

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The ministry said the new tax imposed is expected to affect only 15% of domestic electricity users

"For electricity, the SST is only applicable for usage above 600kWh.

"Almost 85% of users fall below this threshold and therefore will not be affected," the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday, 28 February, reported The Star.

It added that water bills will be exempted from the SST hike.

Effective 1 March, SST in Malaysia will be revised from 6% to 8%

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced the tax reform as a way of boosting the country's fiscal position during the tabling of Budget 2024 last year.

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