Saturday, May 02, 2009

Tax Relief Tips for Critical Illness Life Insurance in Malaysia

Few days ago, I had supper with some old friends and I realized that many of them do not aware that they can actually claim the "36 critical illness" life insurance under ‘Medical Insurance” category when they’re filling for tax. But it is already too late for them, maybe for you too? I think this is worth to share with you guys ...

If you buy the "36 Critical Illness" life insurance from Great Eastern or they probably call it "Supreme Livin’Care Plus", you can claim up to 60% of your total premium paid under the education and medical insurance category (limit is RM 3000). However, of course you also can claim up to 100% of your total premium paid under life insurance and EPF category (limit is RM 6000).

Many people think that this critical illness life insurance can only be considered as life policy for tax relief but this is not true. It can be considered as medical policy as well for tax relief. Sometimes especially when you have fully utilized the RM 6000 limit (life and EPF), you can still claim the 60% under the medical insurance. At least this is true for Great Eastern and I'm not sure other insurance companines. 

When you receive the tax relief statement from Great Eastern every year, it basically categorizes the insurance into 4 categories (stated at the back of your statement):

Life
100% of premium paid are eligible for tax relief as life policy

Education/Life
100% of premium paid are eligible for tax relief as education or life policy

Medical/Life 
60% of premium paid are eligible for tax relief as medical policy. 100% of premium paid are eligible for tax relief as life policy

Medical
100% of premium paid are eligible for tax relief as medical policy.
The "36 critical illness" life policy or the "supreme livin'care plus" life policy in Great Eastern is categorized under Medical/Life. If you missed it this round, don't make a same mistake next year. Hope this helps. :D

26 Comments:

Alvin Lim said...

Thankfully, mine is a life policy. So I think I've claimed correctly.

Er..but I'm an idiot when it comes to tax =_= Luckily I got a sister who is an accountant.

ChampDog said...

So nice, have a tax consultant sister. You can just pass everything to her and she will just settle for you.

But honestly the recent online filing system make our life way easier as compared to few years back. :)

imDavidLee said...

for sharing this info..36 critical illness can be included into tax filling..but this never late for ppl who going to fill in B-Form which due date on June...

ChampDog said...

I have not had a chance yet to be qualified to file B-form. Thanks for the sharing. :)

imDavidLee said...

oo..but do you know about the penalty charge if late payment or refuse to pay?

ChampDog said...

I think there is no penalty. I accidentally paying less before and it ends up they automatically deduct it from my company pay slip after few months.

Why? It seems like you haven't file your tax yet. :D

Yow Chuan said...

For most whole-life critical illness policy, you are only entitled up to 60% of the total premium for medical claim, while the remaining 40% is to be relieved from the Whole-life+EPF section.

For example, if the total premium you're paying for your whole-life critical illness policy is RM4,000, you can only claim up to RM2,400 for the Medical+Education Section (max is RM3,000).

The remaining RM1,600 is to be relieved under Whole-life+EPF section, if still available. (Maximum is RM6,000).

Yow Chuan said...

Ooops, didn't notice that it was already stated in the post :-P

Sorry for the double-posting!

ChampDog said...

I think the readers don't mind clarification. Having said so, I have never thought of the remaining can be claimed as well. Thanks for bringing this up. :)

I think if you claim for whole life + EPF, you can claim the remaining one for education + medical and vice-versa.

Life Settlements New York said...

Thanks for your kind information, now i may claim correctly..
Thanks for sharing...

jhon smith said...

thanks for this valuable information...
i will really use it....

Over 50 Life Insurance said...

This is very helpful information. It's so nice of you to share this to everybody. It's good that there are sites like this that gives people ample information needed for a wise choice of life insurance.

hap said...

How about my baby's critical illness policy? Also 60% and add together with my own under medical? I called IRB, they said child's critical illness policy cannot do so, not same as our own. Is that true? My insurance agent gave contradicting info, says child policy can treat same as own. Confused.

ChampDog said...

Is the policy under your name or your child's name? If not yours, I would think it can not too. :) Perhaps you get more opinions from other insurance agents or call to the insurance company to confirm.

Kris said...

Yes.. It is the dreaded time of the year..filing taxes.

This post is interesting.

My life policy comes with a CI. Lets say yearly premium is 3K. So how to calculate? 50%-50%.

I want to put something in the medical part, as the EPF & Life policy portion sure max out one every year.

My insurance company dont do a good breakdown in issuing statements.

ChampDog said...

Haiz, filing tax again! I always lazy to start. :D Btw, don't file at last minute(reminder to myself too. lol!)

RM3K X 60% = RM1,800. So, RM1.8K is eligible for tax under the medical/life insurance section.

My EPF alone has already max out! :D

Kris said...

Yes. EPF tend to maxed out for most professionals.

At least now i know can claim 60% of CI.

Usually i thought my CI is together with my life policy. Hence, i did not claim my medical portion for the CI.

If I include, I am sure the taxman owe me $$$$!!!

Last year i bought like RM300+ worth of books :D

ChampDog said...

Ya, good for you! I made that mistake before too. :)

Wow, you really can read a lot! These days, I seldom read many books anymore as used to be. Perhaps I should continue to do that soon.

Josephine said...

what about prudential policy? different agents telling me different things,sometime got so confused. thanks for sharing!

Kris said...

Hi ChampDog,

I tried finding this 60% thingy for the CI in the LHDN website, but i still cannot find it at all :(

But yet some of my friend also agree that it can be claimed.

Looks like things that can deduct cannot hard to find out from LHDN..they want us to pay more taxes!!!

Kris said...

Josephine,

Prudential also can, as I have a policy under them too.

See my posts here on how.

36 Critical Illness Can Claim Under Medical Insurance Portion For Income Tax

Thanks ChampDog for sharing, and helping me to save tons of money!!!!

Knowledge is Power,
KnowThyMoney

ChampDog said...

@Kris
Thanks for pointing out that Prudential also eligible. I myself only 100% sure Great Eastern can be done as that is stated very clearly on the statement.

Yes, I don't think you can get this information from LHDN. Funny, right? Anyway, I"m glad this post is still useful until today. :D

@Josephine
I"m not sure Prudential stated that in its statement. If not, I guess we will have to call them up as mentioned by Kris. Looks to me Kris has already confirmed for you. :)

Anonymous said...

Prudential tax statement will show clearly how much premium can be deducted under life and medical separately. U dun have to do the calculation. For child policy, whether it's deductible depends on the benefit tat u insure. not all can be deducted, as the tax relief is only for child education, not medical. Prudential do have another product which allow to relief up to rm1000 for retirement.

ChampDog said...

Thanks for the sharing. :)

Lukman Iqbal said...

how about the 'others' amount that Great Eastern shows. Can claim under medical?

ChampDog said...

I believe those are riders which are not eligible for tax relief.


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