Updated: Nov 4, 2022
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Income tax relief is given on medical treatment expenses of up to RM8,000 as follows:
serious illness for taxpayer, spouse or child;
fertility treatment for taxpayer or spouse;
vaccination for taxpayer, spouse or child limited to RM1,000; and
full medical check-up, mental health check-up or consultation, COVID-19 detection test including the purchase of self-test kit for taxpayer, spouse or child limited to RM1,000.
It is proposed that the scope of tax relief be expanded to cover:
dental examination and treatment expenses of up to RM1,000 from dental practitioners registered with the Malaysian Dental Council.
This would support the implementation of the National Dental Health Policy, which aims to increase access to dental care for the Rakyat.
From the year of assessment 2023.
Footnotes - Are All Dental Expenses Qualified For the Tax Relief?
In general, dental expenses include:
Routine dental care; and
Non-routine dental treatments.
Routine dental care includes:
scaling or cleaning
providing or repairing artiﬁcial teeth or dentures.
Non-routine dental treatments includes:
veneers or Rembrandt type etched ﬁllings
gold posts or ﬁbreglass posts
inlays (a smaller version of a gold crown).
endodontics (root canal treatment)
periodontal treatment for gum disease such as:
root planning (including curettage and debridement) and gum ﬂaps
chrome cobalt splints (but not if it contains teeth)
implants (including bone grafting and bone augmentation)
orthodontic treatment (provision of braces and related treatments)
surgical extraction of impacted wisdom teeth
bridgework (an enamel-retained bridge or a tooth-supported bridge).
We do not believe that all of the costs associated with dental care will be eligible for a tax deduction.
In our opinion and based on our research, the only dental services that are eligible for a tax deduction of up to RM1,000 are dental examinations and non-routine dental treatments.
We believe the Dentist will advise you if any of your treatment qualifies for tax relief
Nadia, who is resident in Malaysia for the year 2023, as a Finance Director.
She has employment income of RM96,000 for the year ended 31.12.2023.
In that year, she made the following contributions to :
EPF - RM 10,560
SOCSO - RM 297
EIS - RM 97.20
Dental examination and treatment - RM 800
Computation of Nadia’s Chargeable Income for YA 2023
As Nadia –
is resident in Malaysia;
is entitled to a deduction for self and dependent relatives under paragraph 46(1)(a) of the ITA; and
has chargeable income exceeding RM35,000
she is not entitled to the personal rebate of RM400 for YA 2023.
Income Tax Payable by Nadia for YA 2023
If Nadia goes to the dentist for her examination and treatment in 2021, she will not be able to take advantage of the tax relief.
Paragraph 46(1)(g) of the ITA provides that a deduction of up to RM6,000 is allowed on the amount expended by the individual for treatment of serious diseases on himself, his or her spouse or his or her child.
The maximum amount allowed as a deduction prior to the YA 2015 is RM5,000.
For the purpose of this deduction, “Serious Disease” means acquired immunity deficiency syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, renal failure, leukaemia or other similar diseases.
With effect from the YA 2020, the medical expenses are extended to include the expenses expended or deemed expended by the individual for undergoing fertility treatment to have a baby, on himself or on his wife, or in the case of a wife on herself or on her husband.
The claim for fertility treatment is only eligible for married individual.
“Fertility Treatment” means intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization treatment or any other fertility treatment. Besides that, consultation fees and medicines are also part of the fertility treatment for the purpose of claiming this deduction.