What is tax exempted allowance in Malaysia?

What is tax exempted allowance in Malaysia?
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Which allowances and perquisites are totally exempted?

Common tax questions from clients :

1. What income is not taxable in Malaysia?

2. Any tax exempted benefits in kind to employees in Malaysia?

3. Which allowances and perquisites are totally exempted?

Employment Income

Statutory income from employment refers to not only your monthly salary, but also any commission, bonus, allowances, perquisites, benefits-in-kind, and even accommodation.

Exempted Employment Income

Of course, there are certain types of income within this list that does not have to be included in your income for tax purposes – in other words, income that is exempted from tax. If you are given a tax exemption up to a certain value, you don’t have to include that amount in your declaration of income.

Exempted Benefit-in-kind / perquisite

Petrol, travel, toll allowances

Up to RM6,000. If the amount exceeds RM6,000, further deductions can be made in respect of the amount spent for official duties.

Parking allowance, including parking rate paid by the employer directly

Actual amount expended

Meal allowance received on a regular basis

Actual amount expended

Medical benefits (including traditional medicine and maternity expenses) Actual amount expended

Child care allowance for children up to 12 years old

Up to RM2,400.

Benefit, whether in money or otherwise, for past achievements, service excellence, or long service award, etc

Up to RM2,000.

Gift of fixed-line telephone, mobile phone, etc registered in employee’s name

Limited to 1 unit for each asset

Monthly bills for phone or broadband line registered in employee’s name Limited to 1 line for each category of asset

Company goods provided free or at a discount to the employee, spouse, or unmarried children

Up to RM1,000

Subsidised interest for housing, education, or car loan

Fully exempted if total loan amount does not exceed RM300,000. For exceeding amounts, there is a calculation formula that you can find in the explanatory notes to the BE form.

Leave passage (vacation time paid for by employer)

Exempted up to 3x in a year for leave passage within Malaysia (fares, meals, accommodation) and 1x outside Malaysia (up to RM3,000 for fares only)

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