Monday, 1 May 2017

What Is Tax Rebate?

The example in the previous chapter shows a tax amount of more than RM4,000 – that’s quite a big sum. But this may not be your final tax yet. The last step you can make to reduce your tax is through tax rebate.

Most people confuse income tax rebate with income tax relief. The difference between the two is: a tax relief is deduction from the total income to derive your chargeable income, whereas tax rebate is deducted from the actual taxed amount.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Tax Rates For Year Of Assessment 2016 (Tax Filed In 2017)

Now that you understand how to derive your chargeable income to file for your 2016 income tax, we can calculate how much tax you will be paying for last year’s assessment.

Justin Bieber

Saturday, 29 April 2017

What Is A Tax Exemption?

Fortunately, taxpayers in Malaysia are not taxed on our total income, as certain portions of our income are tax exempted. For income tax filed in Malaysia, we are entitled for certain tax exemptions that can reduce our overall chargeable income.
Tax exemptions either reduce or entirely eliminate your obligation to pay tax. Most taxpayers are entitled to an exemption on their tax return that reduces your tax bill in the same way a deduction does.
The following tax exemptions will not be included in the taxpayer’s EA Form:

The above tax exemptions are subject to approval, and conditions set by LHDN.
Read on to understand more about the above tax exemptions:

Friday, 28 April 2017

Tax Reliefs For Year Of Assessment 2016 (Tax Filed In 2017)

What is a income tax relief? Tax reliefs are set by LHDN, where a taxpayer is able to deduct a certain amount for money expended in that assessment year, from the total annual income. These are for certain activities or behaviours that the government encourages or even necessities or burdens to lighten our financial loads.

For income tax Malaysia, tax reliefs can help reduce your chargeable income, and thus your taxes. If planned properly, you can save a significant amount of taxes.

In our example, a taxpayer would have been taxed about 10% of his total chargeable income of RM84,300 if he had claimed no tax reliefs at all.

However, with the self & dependent tax relief of RM9,000, life insurance & EPF relief at RM6,000, his total chargeable income is now RM69,300, hence, he would only be taxed about 8% of his chargeable income.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

What Is A Tax Deduction?

After deducting tax reliefs from your annual income, you can still reduce your chargeable income with tax deductions.

In Malaysia, a tax deduction is similar to a tax relief, where it reduces your chargeable income. Tax deductions are a result of Gifts and Donations.

Donations are only tax deductible if the donations are made to Government approved charitable organisation or directly to the Government, and you must keep the receipt of the donation.

For income tax 2017, if your chargeable income is RM55,000, and you’ve donated RM2,500 to an approved charitable organisation, you are allowed to deduct 7% of your aggregate income to reduce your chargeable income.

For income tax 2017, if your chargeable income is RM55,000, and you’ve donated RM2,500 to an approved charitable organisation, you are allowed to deduct 7% of your aggregate income to reduce your chargeable income.

Total chargeable income after tax deduction
= RM55,000 – (RM55,000 x 7%)
= RM55,000 – RM3,850
= RM51,150

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

What Is Chargeable Income?

First of all, you need to know what is considered income by Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN). Is it just the monthly salary you get from your employer, or does it also include other types of income?

With effect from year 2016, an individual who earns an annual employment income of RM25,501 (after EPF deduction) has to register a tax file. These are the types of income that are taxable:

These are the types of income that are taxable:
  • Business or profession
  • Employment
  • Dividends
  • Interests (except bank deposit interests)
  • Discounts
  • Rent collected
  • Royalties
  • Premiums
  • Pensions
  • Annuities
  • Perquisites, which includes bill claims, company credit cards, loans from company, sponsored club memberships, sponsored child tuition fee, personal driver and any benefits offered by your employer that could be converted into cash.

Here’s an example of how to derive your total income:

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Malaysia Personal Income Tax Guide For 2017

Preparing and filing your income tax in Malaysia can be a challenging and anxiety-inducing experience every year for most people, but it doesn’t have to be if you understand how income tax works in this country.

Do you know how your tax is calculated? Are you aware that Malaysia adopts a progressive income tax rate system, which means that you only pay the higher rate on the amount above the rate? Do you know what the differences between tax exemptions, tax reliefs, tax rebates and tax deductibles are? How can you get higher income tax return?

If you have no clue what the answers for these questions are, plus many other income tax-related questions, you will have no idea how to plan your taxes well. Without planning, you won’t be able to maximise on the tax reliefs available, and get the tax savings you are eligible for.

Well, it is never too late to find out. With this simple and easy-to-understand Malaysia income tax guide 2017, you will be filing your tax like a whiz before April ends.

Now, let’s get started and find out what’s chargeable income!

Monday, 24 April 2017

How To Pay Income Tax In Malaysia

If you have paid your income tax payment in excess via the monthly tax deductions, the excess amount will be reimbursed to you via the bank account details that you had provided. For those who do not provide bank accounts, you will be reimbursed via cheques or the new tax refund voucher system (BBBC), which will be implemented in stages.
However, if you have taxes due, you can pay through various methods, such as e-banking, collection agents, and the ATMs to name a few. You can also pay your income tax via credit card. If you are looking for a card that will reward you for your tax payment, check out all the credit cards available in Malaysia.
Here are the many ways you can pay for your personal income tax in Malaysia:

1) Pay income tax via FPX Services

The FPX (Financial Process Exchange) gateway allows you to pay your income tax online in Malaysia. First of all you need an Internet banking account with the FPX participating bank.
The participating banks are as follows:

  • Affin Bank & Affin Islamic Bank
  • Alliance Bank & Alliance Islamic Bank
  • AmBank & AmBank Islamic Bank
  • Bank Islam
  • Bank Rakyat
  • CIMB Bank & CIMB Islamic Bank
  • Hong Leong Bank & Hong Leong Islamic Bank
  • HSBC & HSBC Amanah (Not available for Retail)
  • Maybank & Maybank Islamic Bank
  • Public Bank & Public Islamic Bank
  • RHB Bank & RHB Islamic Bank
  • UOB Bank
To make the payment, please go to ByrHASiL at

Friday, 21 April 2017

Malaysia Income Tax e-Filing Guide

So, how to file income tax? Taxpayers can start submitting their income tax return forms through the e-Filing system starting from March 1 of every year, unless otherwise announced by LHDN. This method of e-filing is becoming popular among taxpayers for its simplicity and user-friendliness.

Unlike the traditional income tax filing, where you have to print out the income tax form and fill it in manually, the e-Filing income tax form calculates your income tax for you automatically. So, questions like “how to calculate my income tax” will not be stopping you from getting your income tax returns.

Filing your tax through e-Filing also gives you more time to file your taxes, as opposed to the traditional method of filing, where the deadline is usually on April 30.

If this is your first time filing your tax through e-Filing, don’t worry, we’ve got your back with this handy guide on e-Filing.

Here is how the short e-Filing process goes:

Thursday, 5 January 2017

The best bookstores in KL

E-books may be taking over the world, but brick-and-mortar bookstores will always be special because you can never replace the joy of a paperback in your backpack. Live vicariously through your favourite characters at these best bookstores in the city. 

Cite Book Garden

Cite (magazine publisher, champion of local and Singaporean writers, and the biggest Chinese online bookstore in the country) opened a physical bookstore in the form of Cite Book Garden, a small store designed for bibliophiles to relax and browse at length. The book garden features actual plants by way of hanging potted ferns by the window, a few chairs where readers can sit and read, a wall displaying the magazines they publish (ranging from fashion glossies like Vivi to the Chinese edition of National Geographic), a wide selection of titles from Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China, and even a small café (they once offered coffee workshops partnering with Exhibit Café from TTDI). The second floor houses an event space for readings, talks, activities for kids, and more.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Cara semakan nama peminjam blacklist CTOS dan CCRIS

Individu yang gagal membuat pinjaman daripada perbankan dan institusi kewangan lain dengan alasan nama disenaraihitamkan (blacklist) CTOS dan CCRIS dinasihatkan menggunakan saluran yang betul untuk membuat semakan status bagi mengetahui sama ada benar-benar terlibat dengan masalah berkenaan. 

Apa yang kami lihat di internet ramai individu menggunakan ruangan komen di blog tertentu yang memberi info semakan CTOS dan CCRIS dengan mendedahkan maklumat peribadi mereka seperti no kad pengenalan. 

Sebagai peringatan, tindakan itu adalah kurang bijak kerana pihak atau admin blog itu tidak dapat membantu anda bagi membuat semakan laporan kredit sama ada nama anda sebagai peminjam atau penjamin di senaraihitamkan melainkan anda sendiri yang berusaha untuk berhubung dengan pihak atau agensi terlibat melalui saluran yang betul. 

Sekiranya anda memberikan butiran penting identiti, contohnya seperti nama penuh, alamat, no telefon, atau no kad pengenalan di ruang komen tersebut, secara tidak langsung ia terdedah kepada umum dan akan membuka peluang pihak yang tidak bertanggungjawab menyalahgunakan butiran peribadi dengan mengambil kesempatan terhadap masalah yang dihadapi oleh anda. 

Terdapat beberapa kes, dimana ada pihak atau individu yang tidak bertanggungjawab akan tampil mengambil kesempatan kononnya bagi menolong menyelesaikan masalah dengan mengenakan bayaran tertentu malah ada yang akan menghantar SMS bertujuan untuk menakut-nakutkan mereka yang menghadapi masalah ini. 

Dari mana mereka mendapat butiran maklumat untuk menghubungi anda?, salah satunya adalah daripada sikap ambil mudah anda dengan mendedahkan maklumat tersebut seperti yang kami nyatakan sebelum ini. 

Sehubungan dengan itu, anda dinasihatkan berhati-hati dan menggunakan saluran yang betul untuk tujuan tersebut.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

10 Simple Steps to Make the Most of Every Day

“Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things.” – Booker T. Washington

Our lives are a large collection of single days one right after the other. The sun rises, the sun sets, and it rises again. And in the end, the lives we chose to live will be determined by how we choose to spend each day.

Unfortunately, for most of my life, I embraced little intentionality in my days. I survived each new day, but made little effort to make the most of it. Instead, they simply just came and went… and many were wasted.

But over the past few years, my views have changed. I have begun to view each day as an important gift. I have sought to embrace each one individually and discover the potential that it holds. After all, some may get more days than others, but each of us have been given this one. And we ought to be making the most of it.

Monday, 2 January 2017

10 Little Stories About the True Power of Love

Sometimes, life produces the kinds of situations and events that no Hollywood scriptwriter could ever dream up. Comical, ambiguous, unpredictable, tragic — life is such a multifaceted thing. But whatever happens, there’s always space for love, kindness, happy occurrences, and simple wonder.

We at gathered together 10 powerful stories that will hit you right in the heart.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Review : Desolasi

Aiman is upset that the valet parking attendant stole his favourite 4U2C tape from the car. A scene from Desolasi.

Ironically, for a movie with a title that translates to “state of emptiness”, Desolasi is a full-on assault on the senses. It’s as if director Syafiq Yusof is afraid of desolation himself, to the point that his movie is filled with mind-boggling visual effects, neverending explosions and anguished cries.

The story revolves around Aiman (Syamsul Yusof), a visual artist with his own perception of reality. Growing up, he coloured his drawings differently from the other kids in school and that made his teacher upset. Aiman questioned why God allowed suffering in the world. He said God could make everyone happy by just giving them what they want.

Of course, this doesn’t sit well with his religious father (played by Datuk Jalaluddin Hassan), who constantly reminds Aiman to perform his prayers.

After losing his mother and experiencing a series of mishaps, Aiman can no longer bear his suffering. Underneath the pouring rain, he looks up to the sky and asks God to make his problems go away. What do you know, Aiman wakes up the next day and finds himself all alone in the world. Or at least, in his perception of reality.

While Aiman enjoys his solitude, his father files a missing person report and goes on a frantic search to find him. He even has his own Taken moment with a mysterious individual linked to Aiman’s disappearance.