Tax-Related Measures under PEMULIH
Following the extension of first phase of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) which is a roadmap to transition out of the current movement control order (MCO) 3.0 in phases, the Prime Minister has on 28 June 2021 announced the PEMULIH aid package. The PEMULIH package is valued at RM 150 billion (including RM 10 billion direct fiscal injection), to help stimulate the economy as well as to provide extensive assistance to the people amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PEMULIH aid package focuses on three main areas, namely: -
To continue the Prihatin Rakyat Agenda;
Supporting businesses; and
We highlight below the tax-related initiatives that have been announced.
1. Deferment of instalment payments for estimated tax payable for companies
It was previously announced under the PEMERKASA economic stimulus package that Companies in the tourism industry and selected industries such as cinema and spa are allowed to defer income tax instalment payments from 1 April 2021 to 31 December 2021.
The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has further issued a frequently asked questions (FAQ) to provide further details on the above deferment (kindly refer to our eNewsletter 09/2021 on our coverage for the FAQ on deferment of income tax instalment payments for Companies involved in the tourism, cinema and spa industries).
Pending further details from the government, this deferment announced under PEMULIH may be referring to the previously announced deferment for selected industries as detailed above and may not apply to all companies.
2. Tax deduction in relation to Vaccination Centres
In efforts to expedite the vaccination programme, the following tax incentives are announced: -
- Tax deduction is given to employers participating in the Public-Private Partnership COVID-19 Industry Immunisation Programme (PIKAS) and have incurred expenses on equipment costs and services for the provision of vaccination centres (PPV – “Pusat Pemberian Vaksin”); and
- Tax deduction for contributions to community or charity projects in relation to COVID-19 which are approved by the Minister of Finance will be expanded to include contributions to PPV.
3. Service tax and tourism tax exemption for hotel operators
The exemption from tourism tax and service tax for hotel operators will continue to be in effect until 31 December 2021.
4. Levy exemption for employers
Employers in the following groups will be exempted from Human Resource Development Corporation (HRD Corp) levy: -
- Employers who are unable to operate during the MCO will automatically be granted a HRD Corp levy exemption for 2 months; and
- Employers from the new sectors covered under the Human Resources Development Act 2001 will be exempted until 31 December 2021.
5. Wage Subsidy Programme (WSP) 4.0
The implementation of WSP 4.0 includes the following: -
- Wage subsidy of RM 600 per employee for up to 500 employees per employer will be granted for a total of four (4) months – two (2) months for all sectors in Phase 2 of the NRP, and subsequently 2 months for all sectors in the negative list in Phase 3 of the NRP; and
- Under the previous WSP, the employee’s salary has to be below RM 4,000 in order to be eligible. Under WSP 4.0, this salary cap is removed.
A.B. Ng is an Executive Tax Director and Head of the Field Audit and Tax Investigation Division. He has thirty years of working experience. He was attached to the Inland Revenue Board and two International Accounting Firms prior to joining RKT Tax Consultants Sdn Bhd. His expertise includes being a Tax Lecturer for the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA), Malaysian Institute of Accountants Qualifying Exam and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) Programme. He has also spoken in various tax seminars held in Malaysia and Singapore. He is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants.