I AM a retiree in dire need of a maid. To be eligible to hire a Filipino maid, the Immigration Department requires an annual income of at least RM60,000 to be stated in the tax return form.
In 2017, the income on my tax return was RM43,000, which is clearly insufficient to meet this requirement. However, I have other sources of income which do not need to be stated in the tax return form. I get more than RM100,000 in tax-exempt dividend income.
My bank also issued a letter to the Immigration Department, confirming that I receive about RM40,000 in interest from time deposits with it.
I even consulted a tax agent on the possibility of declaring these two sources of income into my tax return form. However, the form does not provide an area to declare these incomes.
At best, I can only show the dividend slips and a confirmation letter from the bank stating the interest income that I receive annually.
Anyway, according to the maid agency, the dividend and interest incomes will not be accepted by the Immigration Department, which will only recognise the income stated in the tax return.
I am completely baffled by the Immigration Department’s refusal to accept these two incomes and hope to hear directly from an authoritative source to explain this ruling.