KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is reviewing an existing windfall tax on the palm oil industry and hopes to complete it next year, says plantation and commodities minister Fadillah Yusof.
Plantation owners in Malaysia, the world’s second largest producer of palm oil, have been asking the government for years to reassess the tax rate and threshold for the windfall profit tax.
Malaysia currently imposes a windfall levy of 3% on palm oil prices above RM3,000 per tonne in Peninsular Malaysia and above RM3,500 ringgit per tonne in Sabah and Sarawak, which are the largest palm oil producing states in the country.
Fadillah, who was responding to a parliamentary question on taxes “burdening” the industry, did not provide details of the review.
The matter would be discussed with the finance ministry, the deputy prime minister said.