It’s crunch time! The deadline to file for your income tax is merely days away, but don’t fret! Here’s a simple guide to file for income tax 2016.

First timers

If this is the first time you are filing for your income tax, you’ll need to register as a taxpayer first with Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia (LHDN) to get your tax reference number.

You can register online or walk in to the nearest LHDN branch. After you have obtained your tax reference number you can then file for your income tax online at ezHasil e Filing, or alternatively you can go to the nearest LHDN branch. Take note that if you choose to file for your income tax online, you will need a PIN which you can obtain from an LHDN branch or through mail, fax or e-mail.

What you need

In order to file for your income tax, you will need a number of documents, have a look at the checklist below to ensure you have everything:
• Tax reference number
• A copy of your latest salary statement (EA or EC form) or your salary slip
• A copy of marriage certificate (if applicable)
• Receipts in order to get tax deductions exemptions

Next, make sure you fill up the correct form when you are filing for your income tax. The form you will be filling in depends on your source of income and your residential status.
• FORM BE: if you are an employee
• FORM B: self-employed individuals
• FORM BT: self-employed individuals (knowledge workers)
• FORM M: non-residents
• FORM M: non-residents (knowledge workers)

For a step by step guide to file for your income tax, check out this quick guide to filing your 2016 income guide infographic from

Tax relief for 2016?

A new category for income tax relief was announced during the 2016 Budget announcement. Individuals taking care of their elderly parents can get tax relief of RM1,500 for each parents. This is upon the condition that the parents are not earning more than RM1,500 and are 60 years old or above.

Another additional tax relief is for those who are earning RM8,000 or below who will be eligible for tax relief of RM2,000. For a full list of the latest tax exemptions is available at the Inland Revenue Board’s (IRB) website here. To get an estimate of how much tax you will be paying, have a look at this income tax rates chart.

On a last note, make sure you keep all of your receipts (such as books purchases, insurance premium and payment for medical) with other supporting documents for at least 7 years. It is advisable to get it scanned or take pictures of the receipts on your mobile phone as receipts are known to fade over time. The deadline to file for your income tax is 30 April 2016. If you fail to do so by that date, you will be charged 10% from the tax payable.

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