Paying team members a bonus can be a good way to reward outstanding performance and motivate your team. Here’s a practical guide to help you get the tax right on any bonuses or other lump sum payments you make to staff.
- annual or special bonuses eg Christmas bonus
- cashed-in annual leave
- back pay
- retirement or redundancy payments.
Overtime or any regular payments are not considered lump sum payments.
Calculating PAYE on lump sums
Follow these steps to work out the PAYE rate to use for a lump sum payment:
- Work out what your employee has earned (before PAYE) over the past four weeks.
- Multiply this figure by 13.
- Add the lump sum payment to the figure in step two.
- Use the table below to work out what income bracket your employee is in.
- Deduct PAYE from the lump sum payment at the rate shown in the right-hand column for that income bracket.
Choose the right PAYE rate
|Income bracket||PAYE rate to use (including ACC earners’ levy)|
|$14,000 or less||11.89%|
|$14,001 to $48,000||18.89%|
|$48,001 to $70,000||31.39%|
|Greater than $70,000, but less than the ACC earners’ levy maximum threshold of $124,053 (for the 2018 tax year)||34.39%|
|Greater than $124,053||33% (excludes ACC)|
You can use the PAYE rate of 34.39 cents in the dollar if the employee asks you to.
Other deductions to make
You also need to calculate student loan repayments, KiwiSaver deductions and employer contributions on lump sum payments, if applicable.
See IRDs website on how to calculate these deductions