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Tax issues can be complex and RDS lawyers are specialised experts in the finer points of tax law. Just as important, we are able to provide practical solutions to technical problems and advise on tax structuring and planning across wide spectrum of legal, corporate and economical transactions.


Our Tax, SST & Customs Practice comprises leading tax practitioners in Malaysia. Our partners have consistently been ranked highly by leading industry publications.

Our Approach

In line with our motto, “Re-imagining Tax Solutions”, our goal is to proactively innovate and identify commercial tax-saving solutions, as well as resolve tax issues that could have a significant impact on your business. Our expertise spans across all kinds of indirect and direct tax matters including sales and service tax, customs duty, transfer pricing, double taxation treaties, permanent establishments, real property gains tax, petroleum income tax and stamp duty.


We are experienced in all aspects of tax advice for corporate and private clients. Our clients include government linked companies, multinational corporations, local and foreign companies and high net worth individuals. They entrust us to represent them before all levels of courts such as the Special Commissioners of Income Tax, High Court, Court of Appeal and the Federal Court.


We are highly experienced in resolving tax disputes by way of negotiation with regulatory authorities such as the Inland Revenue Board, the Royal Malaysian Customs Department and the Ministry of Finance.

In short, our areas of expertise include:


(a) Income Tax

  • Tax Litigation & Dispute Resolution Proceedings

  • Tax Planning & Advisory

  • Tax Audit & Investigation

  • Transfer Pricing

  • Thin Capitalisation

  • Defence Mechanisms For Tax Avoidance & Tax Evasion

  • Challenging Civil Tax Recovery Proceedings & AMLA

  • Criminal Tax Investigation

(b) International Tax

  • Cross-Border Transaction Tax

  • Withholding Tax

  • Permanent Establishment

  • Business Profits

  • Tax Residency

  • Mutual Agreement Proceedings

  • Advance Pricing Applications

  • Automatic Exchange Of Information

  • BEPS

  • ESR


(c) Sales & Services Tax

  • SST Litigation

  • SST Legal Advisory

  • SST Audit & Investigation

  • Anti-Profiteering

  • Tariff Classification

  • GST Refund


(d) Customs Duty, Excise Duty, Safeguard Duty & Anti-Dumping Duty


(e) Real Property Gains Tax


(f) Petroleum Income Tax


(g) Stamp Duty


(h) Digital Service Tax


Datuk D.P. Naban

Senior Partner

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