It’s coming to the end of April, the deadline of filing tax return for 2018 (employment income).
If you did not manage to maximize your tax relief for 2018, no worries.
Below please find 5 areas where you can maximize your tax relief, therefore reducing your payable tax.
Remember to keep proper documentations for tax relief that you claim!
1. Life insurance & EPF
Tax relief for EPF contribution = RM 4000
Tax relief for Life Insurance/ Takaful = RM 3000
If you are under employment, you are recommended to sign up for life insurance up to RM 3000 to reduce your tax. Please note that both endowment plan and life insurance from insurance companies are eligible for tax relief.
If you are a sole proprietor/ business owner who does not contribute to EPF, you may consider to self contribute EPF, since tax relief for life insurance is capped at RM3000.
2. Education and Medical Insurance
Tax relief for education and medical insurance = RM 3000
Medical insurance for own, spouse and children is eligible for tax relief.
Children education plan is eligible for tax relief.
3. Medical Examination
Tax relief of RM 500 for full medical check up. Simple blood test is not eligible.
4. Course Fee for Self Improvement
Tax relief of RM 7000 of fees for MQA approved & accredited courses
(eg acquiring technical, vocational, industrial, scientific, technology, law, accounting, skills or qualification with any institution or professional body recognised by the government of Ministry of Finance)
5. Lifestyle Relief
Total of RM 2500 for the following:
- Purchase of books, magazine, newspapers
- Purchase of laptop, smartphone or tablets
- Purchase of sports equipment for sports activity defined under the Sports Development Act 1997
- Gym membership
- Broadband subscription
If you have a dollar today, would you want it to be taxed or belonged to you?
Therefore, it is important not to under-estimate the tax relief mentioned above. The tax relief indirectly saves you money, lots of money in the long run.
Drop me a message if you have any question. I am more than happy to be able to assist.