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How do I work out my taxable income from my salary slip?

Posted 1 October 2013 under Tax Questions



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I started earning extra wages outside of my salary in February 2013 and so I have registered for provisional tax. On my IRP6 I need to fill in my gross turnover(which I understand to be my gross salary other income including my rental earnings, wages earned and interest on investments) and then my estimated taxable income (which I understand to be my gross turnover minus my costs, retirement annuity contributions and my pension contributions). How do I work out the taxable portion of my salary from my payslip? Is it the gross minus the employee pension contribution and the employer pension contribution? I have a portion of my salary labelled other allowances(3713) on my payslip, does that constitute part of my taxable income? Is the employee tax on the IRP6 that is pre-populated by SARS the total of all the PAYE contributions from my employer, because the number that has been pre-populated is far less than the 6 months of PAYE on my payslips.

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
2 October 2013 at 11:38

The number on the IRP6 for employees tax is often wrong and hasnt been finalised because the 6 month reconciliation has not been completed, so you can change this to reflect the correct amount.

For your taxable portion of your salary, you can take all the amounts under the income section and include the 3713 amount as well. Then take off the pension and retirement annuity portions from that and that should give you a rough estimate of your taxable income. You can use our Tax refund calculator to help you get a rough estimate however.


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