Income Tax Filing in Malaysia

This is a type of tax that the government applies to individuals and business or companies based on their net income. This tax is used for the development of the country, paying the salary of government workers (including the police force and firefighters). If your annual income is over RM 34000, you need to register a tax file. If you are a foreigner employed in Malaysia, you must notify your chargeability to the non-resident branch or the nearest IRBM branch by 2 months of your arrival in Malaysia. If you fail income tax, you will be charged 300% of the amount (no prosecution). For let payable tax you will be fined 5% of the amount. More about income tax filing and process of income tax returns are discussed below: -

Limited Liability Partnership (LLP), LLC, Society, trusty bodies are liable to pay tax to the government every year.  Those corporations have not started a business are not responsible to apply CP 204. The taxpayer needs the following: Tax return form and forwarding letter with supporting papers

  • Computing corporate tax
  • Declare income and expense
  • Audit report
  • Tax payment clear within the period
  • Each corporation may pay taxation as monthly installment system.

Penalty of Late Income Tax Payment

You will be charged with 10% additional cost if you fail to pay monthly instalment tax. If Malaysian income tax office found the difference between an actual and estimated tax, you will be charged with 30% fine instead 10 %.

Income Source Deadline Penalty
Employment but no business 30th April 10% fine on the total payable tax
Business 30th June Additional 5% fine (total 15%), if tax payment is not paid within 60 days 

Appeal on penalty amount

If taxpayers are not satisfied with the assessment of income tax, then they are allowed to file an appeal. The appeal must be made within 30 days from the date of the notice. You need to write an appeal to the branch of IRMB. It is necessary to fill the Q form to forward the appeal to the special commission of Income Tax.

  • Taxpayers needs to write a letter stating what’s type of mistakes are made. You need to specify the types of mistake that are made.
  • If IRBM determines that the information is not sufficient, the IRBM may request further documentation to ensure that the assessment is conducted.

Other necessary information’s are shown in the table:

Mode of payment You can made payment at the counter of IRBM by Cheque. By bank draft at the bank and through internet.
Corporate Tax Rate If paid up capital is less than RM 2.5 million 1st RM ½ million: 19 % (Tax)Other balance: 24 % (Tax)
Tax for individual All types of income are taxable in Malaysia. You need to pay tax - If your income is over RM 34000 per year Individual tax rate is 28%

Read Also - The sales and service tax (SST) in Malaysia 

How to Register a tax file in Malaysia?

Now income tax registration is much easier than before. You can register your tax file through online. First of all, you need to register at ezHASiL e-Filing website. Remember, you need to register as taxpayers while registering for ezHASiL e-Filing. The process of registration is discussed below: -

  • You need to apply for PIN number:  if the email address is registered within LHDN, you need to browse to ezHASil and click on the application of PIN number. However, if the email address is not registered you need to fill up a form (Feedback form) to get the PIN number. Your application needs to be attached to the document like 1. Citizen card 2. Passport (if not a citizen). The format of the attachment should be .png, .jpg or pdf (the size should not cross 2 megabytes). Also, remember to attach income tax number and MyKad (both front & back).
  • Login for 1st time: Once you receive the pin number, you can proceed the login for every 1st time. For 1st time login, you need to – click on the “First Time Login” in the ezHASil website, fill up the document with all the required information and click on submit. Once you do these your e-filling account & digital certificated will get registered. The process of e-filling system is shown in the info-graph below:

How to Register a tax file in Malaysia

Another way of registering tax file

How to register Tax file? For tax file registration contact with your nearest income tax office
    Documents requirement Form 9: Certificate of registration Form 49: Name and address of the directors Documents needs to be certified by Company Secretary.

Offences, Fine and Penalty

Offences Provision Fine (RM)
Failure to process income tax form without cause 112 (2) RM 200-2000Imprisonment or both
Failure to give the payable tax without valid cause 112 (2) RM 200-20002Imprisonment or both
If improper tax return is made 113 (1) (a) RM 1000-10000200% additional tax
If incorrect information is given 113 (one) (b) RM 1000-10000200% additional tax
Intentionally if any person assists others to evade tax 114 (1) RM 1000-20000 300 % additional tax applicable or imprisonment or both
Assist others to declare income 114 (1 A) RM 2000-20000imprisonment or both
Attempt to go out from country without paying tax 115 (1) RM 200-2000 Imprisonment or both
Obstructing any authorized of IRBM 116 RM 1000-10000Imprisonment or both
If fails to keep proper papers 119 A RM 300-2000Imprisonment or both
If change office address without notice 120 (1) RM 200-2000imprisonment or both
If pay tax after thirty (30) June of business 103 (4) 10 % or 5 % additional tax will be applicable

Closing Tax file Permanently

You can close your tax file if following things happen -

  • If the company permanently is closed from business
  • If you are leaving employment at the end of a contract.
  • If you are terminated from your employment etc.

This article describes the Tax filling system in Malaysia. Moreover, it describes the entire procedure of e-filling registration, penalties for not paying tax and may more. The online tax file registration makes the registration process much easier. However, if you face any complication, S&F Consulting Firm is always there for you. Also, you may want to know about limited liability companies in Malaysia.


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