The Budget 2010 announced on 23 October 2009 has a few changes to individual taxpayers. The Budget Speech can be viewed here with Appendices here.
The sections in the budget speech affecting individual tax payers are :-
24 & 25 IRB will use the MyKad number as a single reference number when dealing with taxpayers, hence doing away with Income Tax Reference Numbers starting with SG or OG.
40 Individual taxpayers will be given tax relief of up to RM500 per year for broadband subscription fees from 2010 to 2012.
88 Re-introduction of Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) of 5% for gains arising from the disposal of properties from 1 January 2010.
89 Each principal credit card will be charged a service tax of RM50 per year and each supplementary credit card will be charged a service tax of RM25 per year with effect from 1 January 2010.
101 With effect from the Year of Assessment 2010, the maximum rate of individual income tax is reduced by 1% to 26%.
102 Personal Relief increased from RM8,000 to RM9,000
103 & 104 Income tax rate for 'knowledge workers approved by the Ministry of Finance', both Malaysians and foreigners who applied and commenced employment in Iskandar Malaysia between 24 October 2009 and 31 December 2015 be fixed at 15%
117 EPF contributors will be allowed to use Account 2 of their current and future EPF savings to obtain financing, subject to EPF's guidelines, to purchase a residential property. This scheme will be launched in January 2010.
122 & 123 The government will establish a 1Malaysia Retirement Scheme to be managed by the EPF for those retired and self-employed to contribute as savings for their retirement.
124 Employees' contribution to EPF will be reverted to 11% from the current 8%, voluntarily from January 2010 and mandatorily from January 2011.
125 Increase of the EPF/Life Insurance Personal Relief limit from RM6,000 to RM7,000 from the Year of Assessment 2010. However, the increase of RM1,000 is only for annuity premiums paid from 1 January 2010.
The Appendices concerned are Appendix 3, 14, 15, 16 & 17.