What is employees tax?

Where an employer pays or becomes liable to pay remuneration to an employee, the employer has an obligation to deduct or withhold employees’ tax from the remuneration and pay the tax deducted or withheld to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on a monthly basis. In most instances, the employer is obliged to issue each employee with an employees’ tax certificate [IRP5/IT3 (a)] at the end of each tax period which reflects, amongst other details, the employees’ tax deducted.

In addition thereto, the employer is obliged to submit an Employer Reconciliation Declaration (EMP501) to SARS.

In terms of Paragraph 3 of the Fourth Schedule, employees’ tax receives preference over any other deduction from the employee’s remuneration which the employer has a right or is obliged to deduct otherwise than in terms of any law.