Tax / Customs / Excise


Skrine has experience in advising individuals and multinationals in respect of tax disputes with the authorities as well as in customs laws  including Import/Export issues, Tariffs Classification, WTO Valuations, Sales Tax, Service Tax and Excise Tax.

Notable Experience

  • Advising and acting for a number of international and Malaysian oil and gas companies in their income tax disputes with the Inland Revenue Board arising from tax investigations and raids conducted by the tax authorities on the companies, their directors and senior employees.
  • Advising and acting for a major developer in its income tax dispute with the Inland Revenue Board over the deductibility of certain bad and doubtful debts claimed by the company.
  • Advising and acting for a medical equipment supplier in its income tax dispute with the Inland Revenue Board pertaining to the deductibility of fees paid to the company directors as an expense of the company. 
  • Advised and acted for a major international consultancy firm in an income tax dispute with the Inland Revenue Board. The case concerns the taxability or otherwise of foreign sourced employment income of the client’s consultants.  
  • Advised a major and world renowned packaging company on tax queries issued by the Inland Revenue Board on the company following an investigation conducted by the tax authorities.
  • Advised and acted for an independent maritime foundation established in Norway with presence in over 100 countries pertaining to the chargeability of withholding tax in Malaysia and applicability of the Double Taxation Treaty between Malaysia and Norway on income derived from the provision of technical and management services rendered to the client’s subsidiaries in Malaysia.
  • Advised and acted for the developer of a high end service apartment situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and also a major Malaysian palm oil producer on Real Property Gains Tax issues.
  • Advised a broad range of companies and individuals on the litigation aspect of their tax disputes with the Inland Revenue Board.


Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2018


Skrine has been ranked as Arbitration Law Firm of the Year and Maritime Law Firm of the Year.


The Chambers Asia Pacific 2018 Rankings

Skrine has been ranked as Leading Firm for Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property and Projects, Infrastructure & Energy.


The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 Rankings

Skrine is pleased to announce that the Firm has achieved seven Tier 1 practice area rankings in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018.

Our Tier 1 rankings are in the following areas: 
  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Intellectual Property
  • Technology, Media & Telecommunications
  • Real Estate and Construction
  • Labour and Employment

Skrine was also listed as one of the leading firms in the areas of Projects & Energy, and Shipping. 

Four Skrine partners were ranked as leading lawyers in their respective areas. 



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