The PERMAI assistance package, valued at RM15 billion was announced by the Prime Minister on 18 January 2021 to fulfil the following three main objectives:
- Combat the COVID-19 Outbreak;
- Safeguard the Welfare of the People; and
- Support the Business Continuity.
We highlight below the tax-related measures that have been announced.
Income Tax Measures
|Personal tax relief for private COVID-19 screening||
It was previously announced in Budget 2021 that tax relief for medical examination has been increased from RM500 to RM1,000, effective from Year of Assessment 2021.
To support individuals to undergo COVID-19 screening privately, the above medical examination tax relief is expanded to include COVID-19 screening.
Extension of special personal tax relief on the purchase of personal computer, smartphone or tablet
It was previously announced under PENJANA that a special personal tax relief of up to RM2,500 is given to resident individuals for the purchase of personal computer, smartphone or tablet between 1 June 2020 to 31 December 2020.
This is in addition to the existing lifestyle relief of RM2,500 which includes the following:
The above special personal tax relief is now extended for another year until 31 December 2021.
|Extension of special deduction for rental discount||
It was previously announced that the special tax deduction equivalent to the amount of at least 30% rental reduction given to SME tenants has been extended until 31 March 2021.
The above special tax deduction is now extended until 30 June 2021 and it also covers rental reduction given to non-SME tenants.
The effective date (and further qualifying conditions, if any) in relation to non-SME tenants have yet to be announced.
Indirect Tax Measures
|Extension of sales tax exemption on passenger motor vehicles||
It was previously announced under PENJANA that until 31 December 2020: -
To continue to drive the growth momentum of the automotive sector, the above exemption period is now extended until 30 June 2021.
|Shortened ownership period for taxis granted excise duty and sales tax exemption||
Previously, exemption from excise duty and sales tax are granted on the transfer, disposal or private use of a taxi, provided the taxi is owned for at least 7 years.
The above minimum ownership period of the taxi is now shortened to 5 years, effective from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.
Other Tax Measures
|Exemption of Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) levy||
HRDF will exempt the employer levy for companies that are unable to operate during the Movement Control Order (MCO) and Conditional MCO periods.
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