2013 Income Tax Exemptions, Deduction, Rates, Reliefs and Rebates

Now it is the time of the year again that we have to prepare and submit individual income tax return form to IRB. The last date to submit the 2013 individual income tax return form is on the 30th April 2014 for individual without business income. The date for individual with business income is on 30th June 2014.

Any delay is subjected to penalty as below;

Any tax due and payable but has not been paid by the taxpayer by the due date shall be increased by 10% and any balance remaining unpaid upon the expiration of 60 days from the due date shall be further increased by 5% of the balance unpaid.

If you are not sure what are tax exemption, rates, reliefs and rebates, you can read here.

The easiest way to submit tax return form is via e-Filing. You may see the guides on e-Filing at How to do e-Filing for Individual Income Tax Return. e-Filing system for 2013 tax return form up since 1st March 2014.

Which form to fill in?

Forms Applicable for
Resident B 2013 Business, Employment and Other Income
BT 2012 Business, Employment and Other Income (Knowledge Workers / Expert Workers)
BE 2012 Employment and Other Income
Non Resident M 2012 Business, Employment and Other Income
MT 2012 Business, Employment and Other Income (Knowledge Workers  Workers)

Kindly refer to this page for more information.

Taxable Income

Taxpayer is required to pay tax on all kind of earnings, including incomes from,

  1. Business or profession
  2. Employment
  3. Dividends
  4. Interest
  5. Discounts
  6. Rent
  7. Royalties
  8. Premiums
  9. Pensions
  10. Annuities
  11. Others

Tax Deduction

The following items are eligible for tax deduction under donation and gift.

No Contribution
1 Gift of money to the Government, State Government or Local Authorities
2 Gift of money to Approved Institutions or Organisations
(Amount is limited to 7% of aggregate income)
3 Gift of money or cost of contribution in kind for any Approved Sports Activity or Sports Body
(Amount is limited to 7% of aggregate income)
4 Gift of money or cost of contribution in kind for any Approved Project of National Interest Approved by Ministry of Finance
(Amount is limited to 7% of aggregate income)
5 Gift of artifacts, manuscripts or paintings
6 Gift of money for provision of Library Facilities or to Libraries
7 Gift of money or contribution in kind for the provision of facilities in Public Places for the benefit of disabled persons.
8 Gift of money or medical equipment to any healthcare facility approved by the Ministry of Health.
9 Gift of paintings to the National Art Gallery or any State Art Gallery.

Tax Exemption

The followings are exempted from tax.

1 Leave passage
2 Medical and dental benefit
3 Retirement gratuity
4 Gratuity paid out of public funds
5 Gratuity paid to a contract officer
6 Compensation for Loss of Employment
7 Pensions
8 Death gratuities
9 Scholarships
10 Income of an individual resident in Malaysia in respect of his    appearances in cultural performances approved by the Minister
11 Interest from money deposited in a licensed bank or a finance company, development financial institution, Lembaga Tabung Haji, Malaysia Building Society Berhad and Borneo Housing Finance Berhad
12 Dividend from exempt accounts of companies, co-operative societies, unit trust approved by the Minister of Finance.
13 Royalty from publication of artistic works/recording discs/tapes, translation of books/literary works and publication of literary works/original paintings/musical compositions.
14 Income Remitted from Outside Malaysia
15 Fees or Honorarium for Expert Services
16 Income Derived from Research Findings

Refer to this page for details explanation.

Income Tax Rate

Chargeable Income Calculations (RM) Rate % Tax(RM)
0-2500 On the First 2,500 0 0
2,501-5,000 Next 2,500 0 0
5,001-10,000 On the First 5,000

Next 5,000





10,001-20,000 On the First 10,000

Next 10,000





20,001-35,000 On the First 20,000

Next 15,000





35,001-50,000 On the First 35,000

Next 15,000





50,001-70,000 On the First 50,000

Next 20,000





70,001-100,000 On the First 70,000

Next 30,000





Exceeding 100,000 On the First 100,000

Next RM





Tax Relief

You are entitle for tax relief for the items in the table below.

No. Individual Relief Types Amount (RM)
1 Self and Dependent. Special relief of RM2000 will be given to tax payers earning on income of up to RM8000 per month (Aggregate income of up to RM96000 annually). This relief is only applicable for Year Assessment 2013. 9,000
2 Medical expenses for parents 5,000 (Limited)
3 Basic supporting equipment 5,000 (Limited)
4 Disabled Individual 6,000
5 Education Fees (Individual) 5,000 (Limited)
6 Medical expenses for serious diseases 5,000 (Limited)
7 Complete medical examination 500 (Limited)
8 Purchase of books, journals and magazines 1,000 (Limited)
9 Purchase of personal computer (once in every 3 years) 3,000 (Limited)
10 Net saving in SSPN’s scheme 3,000 (Limited)
11 Net saving in SSPN’s scheme (with effect from year assessment 2012 until year assessment 2017) 6,000 (Limited)
12 Purchase of sport equipment for sport activities 300 (Limited)
13 Interest expended to finance purchase of residential property. Relief of up to RM10,000 a year for three consecutive years from the first year the interest is paid.Subject to the following conditions:(i) the taxpayer is a Malaysian citizen and a resident;(ii) limited to one residential unit;(iii) the sale and purchase agreement is signed between 10th March 2009 and 31st December 2010; and(iv) the residential property is not rented out.Where:(a) 2 or more individuals are eligible to claim relief for the same property ; and(b) total interest expended by those individuals exceeds the allowable amount for that year ,

Each individual is allowed an amount of relief for each year based on the following formula:

A x B / C


A = total interest allowable in the relevant year;

B = total interest expended by the relevant individual in the relevant year;

C = total interest expended by all the individuals.

10,000 (Limited)
14 Husband/Wife/Alimony Payments 3,000 (Limited)
15 Disable Wife/Husband 3,500
16 Ordinary Child relief 1,000
17 Each unmarried child of 18 years and above who is receiving full-time education (“A-Level”, certificate, matriculation or preparatory courses). 1,000
18 Each unmarried child of 18 years and above that:
(i) receiving further education in Malaysia in respect of an award of diploma or higher (excluding matriculation/preparatorycourses).
(ii) receiving further education outside Malaysia in respect of an award of degree or its equivalent (including Master or Doctorate).
(iii) the instruction and educational establishment shall be approved by the relevant government authority.
19 Disabled childAdditional exemption of RM4,000 disable child age 18 years old and above, not married and pursuing diplomas or above qualification in Malaysia @ bachelor degree or above outside Malaysia in program and in Higher Education Institute that is accredited by related Government authorities 6,000
20 Life insurance dan EPF 6,000 (Limited)
21 Premium on new annuity scheme or additional premium paid on existing annuity scheme commencing payment from 01/01/2010 (amount exceeding RM1,000 can be claimed together with life insurance premium) – deleted from year assessment 2012 until year assessment 2021 1,000 (Limited)
22 Deferred Annuity and Private Retirement Scheme (PRS) – with effect from year assessment 2012 until year assessment 2021 3,000 (Limited)
23 Insurance premium for education or medical benefit 3,000 (Limited)

Tax Rebate

  • Income Tax Rebates For Resident Individual With Chargeable Income Less Than RM35,000 is RM400.00
  • Zakat/Fitrah but subjected to the maximum of tax charged.

If you need more information kindly proceed to LHDN webpage.

14 comments… add one
  • your income tax rate calculation is confusing.

    • TQ for point it out. Actually there is table formatting error which cause all the figure to out of arrange & haywire. I correct it now & it should show the correct figure.

  • Selamat menyelesaikan E-Filing…

  • Relief for “Subscription fees for broadband” has been remove this year !

  • Hi. Do you declare your earnings from Google into the e-filling? I have been finding the answer for years but without 100% sure which is the correct answer.

  • I noticed that there is no column now for donation & gifts. Is it just me or has this been removed also together with broadband?

  • I’m juz wondering whether OT Allowance (fixed & received monthly) is consider as “Gaji Lebih Masa” or “Elaun-Elaun”???

  • I joined a sewing course in 2013. Can i claim for tax relief on education fees?

    • Yee,

      Did you received a Bachelor degree for your sewing course? You may claim tax relief if so as money spent to acquire a Bachelor degree in vocational area is allowed for tax relief.

      Or if you were pursuing a Master or PhD in any course, they are allowed for tax relief too. Our government want to produce as many educated citizen as possible.

  • Why I couldn’t find the donation column to deduct in the 2013 BE form ?


  • if tax 2013 for BE (E filling), I jst payment make on 1 may 2014, will i get penalty?


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