Personal Income Tax

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What Is The Meaning Of Personal Income Tax?

Personal income tax is a form of tax imposed by governments on income earned by individuals.

This form of income tax is charged on an individual’s wages, salaries, and other types of earnings.

According to law, taxpayers must submit an income tax return on a yearly basis in order to determine their tax obligations.

Governments collect revenue through income taxes. They are utilized to pay for public services, fulfill government obligations, and provide items to citizens.

The following are examples of amounts that an individual may receive and from which taxable income is calculated :

Who Must Pay Personal Income Tax?

You must pay income tax when you have earned more than :

For the 2022 tax year, (1st March 2021 to 28th February 2022)

  • R87 300 – if you are under the age of 65.
  • R135 150 – If you are between the ages of 65 and 75.
  • R151 100 – for taxpayers aged 75 and older.

For the 2021 tax year, (1st March 2020 to 28th February 2021)

  • R83 100 – if you are under the age of 65.
  • R128 650 – If you are between the ages of 65 and 75.
  • R143 850 – for taxpayers aged 75 and older.

Examples of payments that an individual may earn from which taxable income is calculated include :

  • Compensation (employment income) for example : salary, wages, bonuses, overtime, fringe benefits (taxable), allowances and some lump sum benefits.
  • Business or trade profits and losses.
  • Profits or income derived from an individual’s status as a trust beneficiary.
  • Director’s fees.
  • Investment income (Interest and Foreign Dividends).
  • Rental income/losses.
  • Royalties income.
  • Annuities.
  • Income from pension.
  • Specific capital gains tax.

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