Govt Extends Tax Relief For Phones & Computers, Includes Covid-19 Tests For Medical Tax Relief

In the new Permai stimulus package announced today, the government has extended the special tax relief of RM2,500 on purchases of phones, computers, and tablets to 31 December 2021.

The special tax relief was introduced in the middle of last year as a way to boost work-from-home arrangements. Individual taxpayers could claim tax relief of up to RM2,500 for purchases of these particular electronic devices between 1 June and 31 December 2020.

This was on top of the existing tax relief that allowed taxpayers to claim up to RM2,500 under the lifestyle category, which includes expenditure on sports equipment, reading materials, Internet bills, and the same personal electronic devices.

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(Image: Miera Zulyana/Malay Mail)

Besides that, the government has also announced that Covid-19 tests will be eligible for tax relief from YA2021 as part of the sub-category allocated for full medical check-ups. Therefore, you can claim up to RM1,000 in tax relief for full medical check-ups and Covid-19 tests when filing your income tax next year.

For those who are unaware, Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN) allows you to claim tax relief for medical expenses for yourself, spouse, and child, with a sub-limit specifically for medical check-ups. In Budget 2021, the tax relief limit was raised from RM6,000 to RM8,000 and the sub-limit was doubled from RM500 to RM1,000.

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