What is Labuan Leasing?

Labuan leasing is defined as the business of letting or sub-letting property on hire for the purpose of the use of such property by the hirer, regardless whether the letting is with or without an option to purchase the property, including charters of ships.

Property includes any plant, machinery, equipment or other chattel attached or to be attached to the earth, and charters of ships means bareboat charters only and does not include the transportation of passengers, cargo by sea or the charter of ships on a voyage or time charter basis.

Leasing businesses could be transacted via conventional means or in accordance with Shariah principles.

Companies from the oil and gas industry, airlines, shipping and other large corporations are structuring their leasing arrangements via Labuan IBFC’s efficient tax regime and business-friendly regulatory environment.

Regulated and licensed by Labuan Financial Services Authority (Labuan FSA), Labuan leasing companies enjoy an ideal balance of fiscal neutrality and certainty, allowing for effective management of their operational cost.

In addition, it is cost-efficient to create economic substance on Labuan island, where there is a large English educated population and an extensive array of services providers.

Key Benefits of Labuan Leasing:

    • Taxed at 3% of audited net profits pursuant to the Labuan Business Activity Tax Act 1990
    • Zero withholding tax on payment of dividends, interests and lease rentals to non-residents.
    • No foreign exchange control
    • No import duty/ sales tax
    • Double Tax Agreements between Malaysia and over 70 countries
    • 100% exemption for director’s fees received by non-citizen directors of a Labuan Company