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Calculation of tax credits for medical aid contributions?

Posted 6 April 2015 under Tax Q&A


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Popsie says:
29 March 2015 at 10:40

How does one calculate the tax credit for medical aid contributions for persons over 65. I would be grateful if you could answer with an example. Thank you

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
29 March 2015 at 21:39

Please have a look at our blog page relating to Medical Tax Credits

Popsie says:
30 March 2015 at 3:34

I am a provisional tax payer aged 77 and the IRP6 form asks for the tax credit rather than the medical aid contributions.

As I understand it, the standard tax credit is R 540 per month. Therefore with my wife, the standard tax credit is 540 x 2 x 12 per year = R 12 960. I pay R 3 000 per month in subscriptions i.e. R 36 000 per year. I pay R 36 000 - 12 900 = R 23 040 in excess of the standard tax credit and I am allowed an extra tax credit equal to 1/3 of this amount, i.e. R 23 040 / 3 =R 7 680. Therefore my total tax credit is made up of R 12 960 (Standard tax credit) + R 7 680 (for the excess) = R 20 640.
In addition I am allowed a tax credit of 1/3 of my out of pocket expenses.
Please confirm or point out my error.
Thank you

TaxTim TaxTim says:
30 March 2015 at 17:32

The tax credit per month for the 2015 tax year was R257 per month so your amount would be R257 x 2 x 12 = R6168

You would then take the ((R36 000 - (3x6168)) *1/3 = R5 832 which is your excess.

Therefore your total credit is R6168 + R5 832 = R12 000

Popsie says:
31 March 2015 at 1:21

thank you

TaxTim TaxTim says:
1 April 2015 at 10:18

Only a pleasure!


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