Malaysia boasts a fine tradition of active AIA members, with many working well in advance of the Branch's official formation in 1991.

AIA is recognised by the Malaysian Government as equivalent to an honours degree of a Malaysian university and for the purpose of registration as an Authorised Tax Agent. The Malaysian Qualifications Agency has also awarded the AIA qualification equivalency as a Bachelors Degree which is at level 6 of the Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF).

The AIA membership qualification is also recognised by the following organisations: 

  • The Chartered Tax Institute of Malaysia (CTIM) – AIA Associate Members with not less than five years practical experience in practice or employment relating to taxation matters are eligible for admission to Associate Membership of the CTIM.
  • The Institute of Internal Auditors Malaysia – AIA members with at least three years of professional working experience and training in internal auditing are entitled for admission to 'Professional Membership' of the IIA.
  • Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators – AIA Members receive exemptions up to Professional Part II level (total of 12 papers).