It’s tax season and there’s no running away from it. Although some may not earn enough to be required to pay income tax, it’s still mandatory for all of us to file them.
With different forms, exceptions, and rules, filing your income tax can be tricky and anxiety-inducing for most of us. But fret not, we’ve got you covered with this quick guide to filing your taxes online or your nearest LHDN branch. Let’s get down to business!
So, how do I file my tax returns?
Register under e-Daftar
If this is your very first time, you’ll first need to register with LHDN. If you plan to do this manually, you can visit your LHDN branch and they will guide you accordingly. However, if you want to file your taxes online, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Visit this link and fill in all the required fields. But before that, click on the link that says ‘Please Check Your Income Tax No. First’ at the top of the page to ensure that you have not already not registered previously.
Step 2: Once you’ve filled in all the necessary details, double-check the information and click ‘Hantar/Submit’.
Note: If you have not attached the required documents such a copy of your MyKad at this point, you can still submit your application, but you’ll need to send in the documents within 14 days of the application. After 14 days, your application will expire and you’ll need to make a new one.
Step 3: You’ll then see a page with your tax reference number and LHDN branch. Note these down for reference. A message stating that your application has been received will be displayed. Within 3 working days, you’ll get an e-mail from LHDN stating that you have been registered, and you will receive your tax number.
Now that you’re registered with LHDN, the next thing you need is a PIN.
Obtain PIN from LHDN
You can get your PIN at an LHDN branch or online. If you’d like to retrieve it online, head over to the LHDN Maklum Balas Pelanggan (Customer Feedback) website.
Step 1: Click on ‘Permohonan’ or ‘Application’ (depending on your chosen language).
Step 2: Click on ‘e-Filing PIN Number Application’ on the left, and then click on ‘Form CP55D’.
Step 3: Download a copy of the form and fill in your details
Step 4: Go back to the previous page and click on ‘Next’.
Step 5: Fill in the required details and attach your Form CP55D. Click ‘Submit’ when you’re done. You will then receive your PIN from LHDN within a week.
Login to ezHasil
You’re just a few steps away from doing your taxes now! ezHasil is where you’ll be doing your e-Filing, and you can click here to begin.
Note: Have your EA form ready. Your EA form will be provided by your employer and it will contain the details of how much income you’ll need to declare as an employee. Each company will issue a separate EA form, so if you have worked for more than one company in one year, you will have to have an individual EA form for each. We will show you how to fill up your tax form if you have more than one EA form later in the guide.
Step 1: For first time ezHasil users, you’ll need to click on ‘First Time Login’.
Step 2: Enter your PIN from LHDN and ID number.
You’ll then need to fill up a simple form with your particulars and a new password which you’ll use for future logins. Double-check your information and click ‘Submit’. Voila, you’re all set! Head back to the ezHasil login page to start filing your tax returns.
Note: As you’re logging in, ensure that the security phrase you see is correct.
Declaring taxes using ezHasil
Step 1: Once you’ve logged in, click on ‘e-Form’ under ‘e-Filing’.
Step 2: Under e-BE, select the Year of Assessment:
Step 3: Confirm your particulars on the next page and click ‘Next’.
Step 4: Confirm your other particulars such as your contact details and fill in whichever is applicable to you.
If you didn’t sell any property in 2021, select ‘No’ under ‘Disposal of asset under the Real Property Gain Tax 1976’. If you did, select ‘Yes’, and then select a relevant answer for ‘Disposal declared to LHDN’.
In the second half of the page, you can declare any special incentives that you have received. Some examples are: prize money won as a professional athlete, pension given to a judge, or incentives given to Malaysia Airlines pilots/cabin crew.
You can see the full list here.
Step 5: This is where you declare all the income you’ve earned in the previous year. Now, if you’ve worked for more than one employer, enter the number of companies you’ve worked for in the ‘Number of employer’ column. Enter the total income you’ve received from your company/companies after EPF deductions in the ‘Statutory income from employment’ column.
Step 6: On this page, you can claim the reliefs and exemptions that we mentioned earlier. You may refer to that section to see what you can claim this year. But what’s great is that this section of your e-Form will already show you the maximum amount you can claim for each item. Be sure to input the exact amount you spent and only claim for what’s applicable to you.
Step 7: You’ll be shown a summary of how much income you’ve declared, all the reliefs and exemptions you’re claiming, and how much tax you’ll be paying. Click ‘Next’ after confirming the details.
Step 8: This is the final step. Once you’re sure all the information you’ve entered is correct, click ‘Sign and Submit’. Congratulations, you’ve just successfully filed your tax returns! You’ll be able to download a copy of your e-Form for your safekeeping.
Can I amend my tax form if I made an error?
Realised you declared a wrong amount only after you submitted your form? Good news: you’re allowed to fix it. However, how you can make these changes depends on whether you filled in your form online or manually, or whether you amend them before or after the submission deadline.
Login to ezHasil and click on ‘e-Application for Amended BE’ and follow the instructions shown accordingly.
For amendments made before the submission date, you only need to submit a letter explaining what the changes are together with relevant proof such as receipts, bills and so on.
For amendments that are made after the deadline, you must make them within 6 months of that deadline by filling up an Amended Return Form. This can be done online or through the LHDN branch that keeps your tax file.
According to LHDN’s website, you can use the Amended Return Form to make changes on your tax form for the following items:
- Income under declared / not declared
- Expenses / other claims over claimed
- Capital allowances / incentives / reliefs over claimed
For other types of amendments, an Amended Return Form is not needed, and you can just submit a letter with proof of your changes, similar to amendments made before the submission date.
With this guide at hand, you should be able to tackle your registration and filing with ease! If you’re about to start the process soon, good luck! The deadline is still weeks away, but we strongly urge you not to wait until the last minute.