We contacted the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) with this scenario and these questions:
"Let's say I live and work in Malaysia, but I own a rental property in New Zealand. A tax return will be filed for this property with the Inland Revenue Department of New Zealand. My questions are:
Here is their reply, word for word:
So, much like the UK (but unlike Australia), your rental losses here in New Zealand can't be offset against income earned in Malaysia. However, any tax paid here on profits from rental property will be recognised by the IRBM.
Remember, even though you live and work in Malaysia, you'll still have filing responsibilities here in New Zealand, namely a non-resident personal tax return/s for the owners and an IR3R rental tax return.
Please call us on 0800 890 132 or email us.
Please see the following entries for tax treatment of rental property in NZ by Australia, Singapore , Thailand and the UK.
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Accounting for your rental residential investment property; general taxation advice.