7th April 2022 - 2 min read
If you had booked a hotel or visited a tourist attraction in Malaysia during 2021, you could be eligible for an income tax relief of up to RM1,000 on the expenses. As you may recall, the special tourism tax relief that was announced under the Economic Stimulus Package 2020 – originally for March to August 2020 – had been extended up until December 2021 (and again until end of 2022).
To qualify for the tax relief, your stay must be at one of the accommodation premises that is officially registered with the Commissioner of Tourism Malaysia. You can easily check this on the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia website, which has a searchable list of registered tourist accommodation premises. There are a total of 4,735 accommodation premises registered as of the time of writing.
This tax relief applies on payments made between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2021 up to the amount expended, limited at RM1,000 for the assessment year. As is usual with tax relief claims, you will need to keep the relevant receipts and supporting documents for seven years, as it may be requested by LHDN as proof.
This tourism-related tax relief is one of several new tax measures introduced to help stimulate the economy as well as lighten the burden of Malaysians in the Covid-19 landscape.
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