Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Malaysia Tax relief : ipad, galaxy tab?

Are tablet computers such as Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Toshiba Folio, CSL Spice Mi700 DroidPad, Blackberry Playbook  Viewsonic ViewPad 7, etc. entitled for this personal income tax relief?

official answer from LDHN :

"if the tablet computer only have computer features and is for home and family use only, then it will be treated as "computer" and is entitled to the personal income tax relief of up to RM3,000, claimable once in 3 years.

This will be the case for Apple iPad, Toshiba Folio 100 and Blackberry Playbook. Let's say you purchased an Apple iPad 64GB with Wifi+3G at the price of RM2,599 in year 2011, and your tax rate is 24%, when you file your 2010 personal income tax now, you can claim back RM2,599 tax relief, which is equilvalent to a saving of RM623.76 in your income tax.

However, if the tablet computer also have handphone features in addition to computer features, which mean you can make phone calls and also send SMS/MMS using the telco service with the tablet, then it will be treated as a "phone" and is not entitled to personal income tax relief. This is the case for Samsung Galaxy Tab, Viewsonic ViewPad 7, CSL Spice Mi700 DroidPad, ZTE V9,etc.

you can contact LHDN at 1300-88-3010 or email to for any questions related to tax. 

Paragraph 46(1)(j) of Malaysian Income Tax Act 1967, an amount limited to a maximum of RM3,000 is deductible in respect of the purchase of non-business use personal computer for individual tax payer.

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