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Australia and Malaysia have a Double Tax Agreement (DTA) in place to prevent double taxation on income earned by residents of both countries. The agreement was signed on 22 February 2005 and came into force on 1 January 2006.

The DTA aims to encourage cross-border trade and investment by providing certainty and clarity on taxation for businesses and individuals operating in both countries. This is achieved by avoiding double taxation and providing for the exchange of information between the tax authorities of both countries.

One of the key benefits of the DTA is the elimination of double taxation on income. This means that income earned by a resident of one country in the other country is only taxed once. For example, a Malaysian resident working in Australia will only pay tax in Australia on their income earned in Australia, and not in Malaysia as well.

The DTA also covers a range of other types of income, including dividends, interest, royalties and capital gains. The agreement provides specific rules for each type of income to ensure that it is taxed in the country where it is earned.

In addition to preventing double taxation, the DTA also includes provisions for the exchange of information between the tax authorities of both countries. This means that the tax authorities can share information to ensure that taxpayers are complying with their tax obligations.

The DTA also provides for the resolution of disputes between the tax authorities of both countries. If a taxpayer is facing a dispute involving double taxation, they can apply to the relevant tax authority in their country for assistance in resolving the dispute.

Overall, the Australia-Malaysia Double Tax Agreement provides significant benefits for businesses and individuals operating in both countries. By providing clarity and certainty on taxation, the DTA helps to encourage cross-border trade and investment, which benefits both economies. If you are operating in Australia and Malaysia, it is important to understand the provisions of the DTA to ensure that you are complying with your tax obligations and taking advantage of the benefits provided by the agreement.