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Google to collect Malaysia's new 6% digital tax

Netflix, Spotify and other global platforms also face duty from January

Students check their smartphones at a university in Semenyih, outside Kuala Lumpur.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Google will begin collecting a 6% tax on digital services in Malaysia starting next month, and most other foreign internet companies are expected to follow suit in response to a new duty taking effect in the Southeast Asian country.

"We always comply with the tax laws in every country we operate in, and we continue doing so as tax laws evolve," a Google spokesperson said.

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