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Covid-19 Test Kits & Vaccinations Are Tax-Deductable For Year 2021

Covid-19 Test Kits & Vaccinations Are Tax-Deductable For Year 2021

There’s no reason to NOT self-test before going out!

Anne Dorall

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Tax season is once again upon us, but there is some good news for all our taxpayers. For the year of assessment 2021, you can now claim Covid-19 test kits and common vaccinations, including Covid-19!

According to the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) website on tax relief for individual resident, two new subcategories have been added to the medical expenses relief catgory.

The main medical expenses relief cateogry is claimable up to RM8,000 which includes medical expenses for serious diseases for your family or fetility treatments.

The new tax relief categories.
(Credit: LHDN)

Vaccination expenses

The new vaccination expenses subcategory has a maximum claimable amount of up to RM1,000.

This includes vaccinations for common diseases:
1) Pneumococcal
2) Human papillomavirus (HPV)
3) Influenza
4) Rotavirus
5) Varicella
6) Meningococcal
7) Tetanus-diphtheria-acellular-pertussis (TDAP combination)
8) Covid-19

The subcategory is applicable if the vaccinations were bought for yourself, your spouse, or your children.

Best to get your children protected AND get tax relief!
(Credit: Malay Mail/Envato)

Medical examination, Covid-19 test kits and vaccination

This new subcategory is also claimable up to RM1,000.

This includes expenses for a complete medical examination for yourself, your spouse, or your children.

Additionally, it also includes expenses for any kind of Covid-19 self-testing kits as well as Covid-19 vaccination. (Yes, Covid-19 vaccinations are in both categories!)

A negative Covid-19 self-test result before going out is like the new passport + boarding pass photos before a holiday.
(Credit: Envato)

It’s tax time

At this point, everyone probably has spent money on Covid-19 tests or other medical checkups, but make sure you save the reciepts for tax season!

Expect Form E from your company soon, and make sure you finish filing your taxes before the deadline on 31 March 2022 for the year of assessment 2021!

If you’re feeling lost and wondering how exactly should you be filing your taxes, we have a step-by-step guide here:

READ MORE: Everything You Need To Know About Malaysian Income Tax


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