As tax regulations and rates have been changing a lot recently, we thought we’d give you a breakdown of yet another important tax in Sri Lanka – lump sum tax. In this blog, we’ll be discussing the rules and obligations surrounding lump sum taxes in Sri Lanka, as well as how to calculate and pay them. So if you’re interested in learning more about this topic, keep reading!
In Sri Lanka, there is a tax called a “lump sum tax” that is applied to large, one-time payments called “lump sums.” These could be bonuses, severance, or other types of one-time payments.
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He is a resident employee at a private company in Sri Lanka and has been working there for the past year. His boss has just informed him that he will be receiving a bonus of Rs. 500,000 in recognition of his hard work and dedication.
So in this scenario, according to the Inland Revenue Act (IRA) of Sri Lanka, bonuses like this are considered to be lump sum payments and are therefore subject to lump sum taxes. In order to determine how much tax Jotipala will owe on his bonus, his employer will need to calculate his Estimated Gross Aggregate Remunerations (EGAR) for the year. This is done by adding up all of the money Jotipala has earned from his job during the year, including his regular salary and any other bonuses or benefits he has received.
Once Jotipala’s EGAR has been calculated, his employer will use the tax table, as per shared by the IRA (we will touch on this topic later in the blog), to determine the amount of tax that Jotipala will owe on his bonus. His employer will then deduct this amount from Jotipala’s bonus and pay it to the government on his behalf before giving Jotipala his bonus.
There are three different situations where lump sum payments should be deducted in Sri Lanka:
Add up all these amounts to find out how much money you received in total that year (including lump sum payments). This total amount is called your Estimated Gross Aggregate Remunerations (EGAR). You will then use EGAR to calculate how much tax you have to pay on the lump sum payment.
Table for Scenario 01 (For the time period: January to March 2023)
|Estimated Gross Aggregate Remunerations (EGAR)||Amount of Tax Deductible (Rs.)|
|If EGAR is equal or less than 2,250,000||Nil|
|If EGAR is in between 2,250,001 and 4,500,000||(EGAR x 6%) – [(135,000 + Aggregate of monthly tax deducted on A + Aggregate of monthly tax deductible on B, as per Table 01) + Tax deducted previously on lump sum payments if any]|
|If EGAR is in between 4,500,001 and 6,750,000||(EGAR x 12%) – [(405,000 + Aggregate of monthly tax deducted on A + Aggregate of monthly tax deductible on B, as per Table 01) + Tax deducted previously on lump sum payments if any]|
|If EGAR is greater than 6,750,000||(EGAR x 18%) – [(810,000 + Aggregate of monthly tax deducted on A + Aggregate of monthly tax deductible on B, as per Table 01) + Tax deducted previously on lump sum payments if any]|
Table for Scenario 02 (For the time period: January to March 2023)
|Cumulative Expected Income from the Employment||Tax|
|(EGAR) ≤ 2,250,000||(6% x EGAR) – Aggregated Tax as per table 4.1 for each month in (A) & (B)]|
|2,250,000 < (EGAR) ≤4,500,000||(12% x EGAR) – [135,000 + Aggregated Tax as per table 4.1 for each month in (A) & (B)]|
|(EGAR) > 4,500,000||(18% x EGAR) – [405,000 + Aggregated Tax as per table 4.1 for each month in (A) & (B)]|
Table for Scenario 03 (For the time period: January to March 2023)
|Cumulative Tax (Rs.)||Tax-on-Tax Rate|
|0 – 126,900||6.38%|
|126,901 – 364,500||13.64%|
|364,501 – and above||21.95%|
Say hi to Jothipala again.
He will receive a bonus of Rs. 600,000 in December 2022. His monthly regular profits and gains from employment (including non-cash benefits) are Rs. 300,000.
Calculating his EGAR:
|Salaries already paid for the months of April – December 2022, 300,000 x 9) (A)||=(A): 2,700,000|
|Salaries to be paid the first nine months of Y/A 2022/2023(300,000 x 0)||= (B): 0|
|Bonus already received, made now or payable||= (C): 600,000|
|Estimated Gross Aggregate Remunerations (EGAR)||= (D): 3,300,000|
Calculating his tax-deductible on lump sum payment in December 2022:
As the EGAR falls between Rs. 2,250,001 and Rs. 4,500,000, the following formula should be applied in computing the amount tax-deductible in December 2022 on the bonus.
(D x 6%) – [(135,000 + Aggregate of monthly tax deducted on A + Aggregate of monthly tax deductible on B, as per Table 01) + Tax deducted previously on lump sum payments if any]
= (3,300,000 x 6%) – [(135,000 + (3,000 x 9) + (3,000 x 0) + 0]
= 198,000 – (135,000 + 27,000)
Therefore, the tax-deductible on the bonus in December 2022 is Rs. 36,000.
In conclusion, the lump sum tax system in Sri Lanka can be complex and confusing for many individuals and businesses. However, with the right guidance and support, you can navigate the system and ensure that you are paying the correct amount of tax. That’s where Simplebooks comes in.
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