Soh Lian Seng

Partner – Head of Tax

KPMG in Malaysia

With over 25 years of professional experience, Lian Seng heads the KPMG Tax Services practice in Malaysia with a focus on bringing professional acumen, capabilities, connectivity and technology-powered solutions to the most complex business challenges and transformation projects that tax leaders face.

He also leads the firm’s Tax Dispute Resolution practice and has extensive experience in advising local and multinational corporations on tax advisory and compliance, specializing on tax audit and investigation across different sectors.

Within Malaysia, Lian Seng also heads the Korea Business practice. Regionally, he is entrusted to lead KPMG’s Tax Dispute Resolution & Controversy practice across Asia Pacific, to drive a collaborative approach in providing value-added services to regional and global clients. His negotiation skills and problem-solving acumen are well recognized by clients, supported by the numerous resolved cases Lian Seng has secured in major dispute resolution engagements.

Lian Seng maintains a solid working relationship with multiple government agencies, namely the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and the Ministry of International of Trade and Industry (MITI).

He has appeared before the Special Commissioner of Income Tax as an expert witness. He is also a seasoned speaker and moderator at tax seminars and has contributed numerous articles and commentaries to mainstream media on topical and tax related issues.

Under his leadership, KPMG Tax Services in Malaysia was named the 2019 Tax Dispute & Resolution Firm of the Year by the International Tax Review. In 2022, Lian Seng was elected the Deputy President of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia for the 2022/23 term.

  • Fellow, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM)

  • Associate, Institute of Internal Auditors, Malaysia (IIAM)

  • Associate, Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (MAICSA)

  • Licensed Tax Agent

  • Deputy President 2022/23, Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM)

  • Chairman, CTIM Tax Audit & Investigation Committee

  • Member, Korean Chamber of Commerce Malaysia