Calculating Payroll Tax for the period April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022

Payroll Tax Amendments for 2021

The budget statement delivered on Friday, February 26, 2021 by the Hon. Curtis L. Dickinson, JP, MP resulted in the following amendments to Payroll Tax. 

New Hire Relief

The New Hire relief 2018 which gives relief to all Exempted Companies and Employers with gross annual remuneration of greater than $1 million has been extended to March 2022. Employers who qualify for the 2018 Relief are those whose number of full time employees increased from that in the baseline period of January thru March 2018.  .  Full time persons refers to employees who work for more than 15 hours a week.

Employers benefiting from the relief will pay an Employer portion of 0% on the remuneration paid to qualifying employees up to and including the tax period January thru March 2022.  The Employee portion will be payable at the progressive tax rates.  The Application form can be found under ‘Resources’’ on this page.

Hotels/Bars/Restaurants

The Payroll tax relief offered to Hotels, Bars & Restaurants as a result of the negative economic effects of Covid-19 has been extended. 

Hotels have been given a 6 month concession of 0% on both the Employer and Employee portions for the period April 1, 2021 – September 30th, 2021.

The Bar and Restaurant concession has been extended over the period April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022 for the Employer potion only.   This means that there is a 0% rate of tax on the Employer portion with tax payable on the Employee portion.  Tax returns must be filed online with the full declaration of remuneration paid.  $1 must be submitted in order to facilitate efiling.  In addition, employee portion calculators must be submitted to taxenquiry@gov.bm.  Please include tax id number, tax quarter and business name in reference.  All employers must not be arrears.  Questions regarding this relief must also be submitted to taxenquiry@gov.bm.

Taxpayers who have already submitted an application and have no outstanding tax liabilities need not reapply.

In addition to the above, the Office of the Tax Commissioner has instituted the following:

E-tax

It is mandatory for all taxpayers with payrolls of $200,000 or more per annum to e-file starting from filing for the quarter April – June 2021.  Penalties will be levied where tax is not submitted in the required format.  To register please visit www.etax.gov.bm.  The Office of the Tax Commissioner encourages all taxpayers to e-file for fast and easy reporting.

Employers must keep adequate books and records in accordance with the Tax (Accounts and Records) Regulations 1991 to verify the declarations made on each tax return.  Any person who submits false returns, fails to keep adequate records or to present them to the Office of the Tax Commissioner when requested, or evades tax payment in any way commits an offense and is subject to fines up to $500,000.  The Tax Commissioner reserves the right to assess a value for undeclared remuneration under section 16 of the Taxes Management Act for any person to which in his opinion such person is chargeable. 

Tax Calculation - Employer Portion

There have been no changes to tax rates from 2020.  The employer is required to pay tax on gross taxable remuneration as defined in the Payroll Tax Act 1995 based on the following rates: 

CLASS OF TAX PAYER

RATE

2020/21

The Government, Parish Councils, Government Boards, the Bermuda College, approved schools, registered charities, religious and cultural organizations and the Bermuda Festival Ltd., New Start-up businesses (4 quarters) and an employer in an Economic Empowerment Zone (9 quarters).

0.00%

New Hire remuneration and remuneration, (excluding dividend and bonus payments) paid to employees in Special Situations e.g. persons on jury duty or on duty with the Bermuda Regiment or Bermuda Volunteer Reserve, persons employed as farmers, fishermen or horticulturists, hotel and restaurant employees from November – March, retail employees from January – March, employees with permanent disabilities and persons hired as entertainers or musicians.

0.00%

Taxpayers with an annual payroll less than $200,000, educational, sporting, or scientific institutions, associations or societies,  farmers, fishermen or horticulturists.

1.75%

Taxpayers with annual remuneration of not less than $200,000 and not more than $350,000 and the Bermuda Hospitals Board and the Corporations of Hamilton and St. George’s

3.50%

Taxpayers operating a restaurant or hotel with an annual payroll of $200,000 or greater.

6.00%

Taxpayers with annual remuneration of more than $350,000 and not more than $500,000.

6.50%

Retail Establishments with annual remuneration over $500,000 and whose primary business is the sale of fashion, shoes, jewellery and perfume.

7.00%

Taxpayers with an annual payroll greater than $500,000 and up to $1,000,000.

9.00%

Taxpayers with an annual payroll greater than $1,000,000 and exempt undertakings.

 10.25%

Employee Portion

The EMPLOYEE portion of payroll tax is a separate amount and must be calculated separately from the employer portion.

Employers have the option to deduct the employee portion of payroll tax from employees however the responsibility to pay the full amount of tax (i.e. employer plus employee portions) to the Office of the Tax Commissioner still rests with the employer.

The EMPLOYEE portion will be calculated using the marginal or progressive tax rate structure as follows:

ANNUAL REMUNERATION BANDS

EMPLOYEE PORTION TAX RATES

APR 2019 – MAR 2020

EMPLOYEE PORTION TAX RATES

APR 2020 – MAR 2021

EMPLOYEE PORTION TAX RATES

APR 2021 – MAR 2022

 

0 -  $48,000

4.00%

2.00%

2.00%

 

$48,0001 -  $96,000

6.50%

8.50%

8.50%

 

$96,001 - $235,000

7.75%

9.00%

9.00%

 

$235,001 - $900,000

8.75%

9.50%

9.50%

 

Employee portion calculators can be found under ‘Resources’ on this page. 

The marginal tax rate is the rate of tax that employees incur on each additional dollar of earnings. As earnings rise, each dollar of earnings above the previous level is taxed at a higher rate.

It is important to note that marginal tax is applied to each persons annual rate of pay. For employees that earn fluctuating amounts per pay period, the annual rate of pay must be recalculated each pay period so that the payroll tax can be adjusted accordingly.  The pay period calculators found under Resources on this page can assist you when calculating the EMPLOYEE portion.

Note that the year must coincide with the financial year as defined in the Payroll Tax Act 1995 (1 April – 31 March)

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