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Thenesh Kannaa​

Executive Director

Thenesh Kannaa is an Executive Director at TRATAX Sdn Bhd, a tax consulting firm based in Kuala Lumpur. He is in-charge of international tax and indirect tax service lines, with diverse clientele base and wide-ranging nature of tax consulting and tax policy works.

With the leadership of Thenesh, TRATAX has been recognised as one of the Top 11 in Malaysia for Transactional Taxation by International Tax Review, and within Top 7 in Malaysia for Indirect Taxation. TRATAX is also recognised as World Tax’s Recommended Firm in Malaysia. TRATAX is also the exclusive member of WTS Global in Malaysia.

Thenesh has authored three (3) books on taxation, two (2) chapter-in-books for IFA and IBFD respectively and various technical articles for newsletters and journals. Thenesh has been interviewed by mainstream television channels, radio channels and newspapers on contemporary tax matters.

As Chairman of CTIM’s Technical Committee on Direct Taxes, Thenesh represents the tax fraternity in dialogues with the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRBM) and Ministry of Finance (MoF) on various tax policy and technical matters. He is also an exco member of IFA’s Malaysia branch, a member of ACCA’s expert panel on taxation and ESG task force. He has also served as the Asia Pacific co-chair of WTS Global Service Line for International Tax and Permanent Establishments.

  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA, UK)
Professional Experienc
  • Chairman of Technical Committee on Direct Taxes of the Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM)
  • Member of CTIM’s Technical Committees on Indirect Taxation and Transfer Pricing
  • Exco member and treasurer of the International Fiscal Association (IFA)’s Malaysian branch.
  • Member of various committees that provide inputs to Malaysian Government on technical and policy aspects of taxations.
  • Member of ACCA’s 3-member expert panel on taxation 
  • Member of ACCA’s special working group on ESG
  • Member of Industry Advisory Panel for Taylor’s School of Professional Studies
  • Author of published books, chapter in books and articles on taxation.
  • Frequent speaker in tax conferences; Malaysia and regional.
  • Frequently interviewed by the mainstream media on tax topics.
  • Has served as member of various committees that provide inputs to Malaysian Government on technical and policy aspects of taxations.
Professional Memberships
  • Malaysian Institute of Accountants (MIA)
  • Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM) (fellow member)
  • International Fiscal Association (IFA)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA, UK) (fellow member)
Thenesh Kannaa
Thenesh Kannaa Executive Director
Unit 13-11, Level 13, Tower A, The Vertical, Avenue 3,
Bangsar South City, no. 8, Jalan Kerinchi,
59200, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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