A question on withholding taxes: We hire a company to repair old molds and to produce new ones. Do we have to withhold taxes when we pay them? In another case, we have a manufacturing company (who normally produces and sells its own products) produce our plastic products using our own molds. Are we responsible for withholding taxes?


When you hire a company carrying on repair service, to repair and produce molds and the required materials are provided by that company itself, such transaction is considered to be a hire of work for the production and repair service. The payment for this kind of service is therefore subject to a 3% withholding tax.

As for the manufacturing company by which you order your goods to be manufactured using your provided mold, and required materials are sourced by that company, in accordance with your orders, the transaction is considered to be a sale of goods and thus, withholding tax does not apply.

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