Taxation, e-commerce and determination of permanent establishment / Zaleha Othman and Mustafa Mohd Hanefah

Othman, Zaleha and Mohd Hanefah, Mustafa (2006) Taxation, e-commerce and determination of permanent establishment / Zaleha Othman and Mustafa Mohd Hanefah. Malaysian Accounting Review, 5 (2). pp. 1-11. ISSN 1675-4077

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E-commerce provides a new way of conducting commercial transactions in today’s global market. E-commerce has made the world a one big marketplace. However, e-commerce also poses challenges to the existing tax rules in determining permanent establishment of businesses. Permanent establishment has been used as the criteria to determine whether a country has taxing rights on the business profits of a non-resident taxpayer. Most tax experts view the
current concept of permanent establishment as insufficient to cope with
e-commerce, as it is seen to be more suitable for traditional business
transactions rather than internet trading.
This paper investigates the application of current tax laws in Malaysia on the
determination of permanent establishment in an e-commerce environment.
Implications of existing policy to establish the source of income in e-commerce
are also explored. Interviews were conducted to solicit opinions of tax officers
and tax professionals in Malaysia. The respondents agree that the criteria
used to determine permanent establishment should be applicable to both
types of transactions: conventional and e-commerce. However, the respondents
perceived that additional criteria should be included to determine permanent
establishment in e-commerce transactions and some modifications to its
definition are necessary to suit the modern form of trading over the internet.


Item Type: Article
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Othman, Zaleha
Mohd Hanefah, Mustafa
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Electronic commerce > Malaysia
H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance > Revenue. Taxation. Internal revenue > Malaysia
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Accounting Research Institute (ARI)
Journal or Publication Title: Malaysian Accounting Review
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Management & Accounting Review (MAR)
ISSN: 1675-4077
Volume: 5
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 1-11
Keywords: Taxation, E-Commerce, Malaysia
Date: October 2006
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