Malaysian taxpayers to get tax relief for Covid testing
Taxpayers can now claim tax relief for Covid-19 tests for themselves, their spouses and children in their assessment for 2021, the Malaysian government has confirmed.
All forms of Covid-19 screenings, including real-time RT-PCR testing done through private medical centres and self-test kits, are claimable, the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia (IRB) has confirmed. Tax relief of up to RM1,000 is available for individual taxpayers.
The IRB said: “Covid-19 screenings performed at clinics or hospitals are allowed with supporting documents (expenditure receipts). For the RT-PCR test, the amount of the expenses must be evidenced by receipt. For a self-test kit, the receipt from the pharmacy must be provided as evidence.”
It added that the Covid-19 vaccination expenses can be claimed by the taxpayer and for their spouses and children.
Employers warned over Covid-positive staff
Meanwhile, all employers in the state of Malacca have been warned against forcing employees who test positive for Covid-19, or are close contacts of Covid-19 cases, to go to work.
State Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman, Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh, said the department had received complaints against employers in the restaurant, supermarket and the manufacturing sectors who asked staff members to continue working as usual, despite them having tested positive.
Muhamad Akmal said: “Any employee facing this situation is urged to report the matter, as we are actively curbing the spread of clusters in the workplace, which is seen to be increasing.
“Employers need to know what the definition of ‘close contact’ is, so that transmission in the workplace can be controlled earlier, so that it does not spread to the community,” he said.
He added that the department had recorded an increase in clusters of staff testing positive for Covid-19 in the workplace.
The state health department recently ordered the immediate seven-day closure of a factory where sharp increases in cases had been found. Inspectors also found that the infection had spread to other parts of the premises.
Muhamad Akmal said: “The factory was ordered to be closed in accordance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set, and if they can provide safety measures and infection prevention, then the decision to reopen will be allowed, based on the assessment from the Jasin district health office.
“The state health department does not arbitrarily issue an order to close the factory; it is based on the assessment at the workplace, but if it has spread to other parts and cannot be controlled, the order to close the factory has to be issued,” he said.