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Employee Provident Fund Withdrawal and Merging two accounts

When PF Balance can be withdrawn:

On RetirementUnemployed for 2 months or more (this needs to be certified by Gazetted Officer)Marriage of self, son/daughter, brother/sister - Min Service 7 yrs, up to 50% of employee shareEducation of self, children after class 10 - Min Service 7 yrs, up to 50% of employee shareHome Loan Repayment - Min Service 10 yrs, up to 90% of both employer and employee shareRenovation of House - Min Service 5 yrs, up to 12 times of monthly wageBefore Retirement - on or after 57 yrs age, up to 90% of accumulated balance with interest.Note: Withdrawal of PF on switching jobs without remaining unemployed for two months is against PF Withdrawal rules.


Physical Application: Composite Claim Form (Aadhar) / (Non-Aadhar). These forms need to be submitted to jurisdictional EPFO office without the attestation of employer whereas Non-Aadhar form required attestation.  Go to, download section for forms.Online Application Steps: Login UAN Portal, unde…
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South Africa Budget 2018 Highlights

Employers need to consider below updates for calculating tax 

Tax Rates for 2018-19

Taxable Income 2018/19 Rates of Tax 0- 195850 18% of taxable income 195851- 305850 35,253 + 26% of the amount above 195850 305851 - 423300 63853 + 31% of amount above 305850 423301 - 555600 100263 + 36% of the amount above 423300 555601 - 708310 147891 + 39% of the amount above 555600 708311 - 1500000  207448 + 41% of the amount above 708310  1500000 and above  532041 + 48% of the amount above 1500000
Primary - R 14067 Secondary (Persons 65 and older) - R 7713
Tertiary (Persons 75 and older) - R 2574
Tax Threshold
Below age 65 - R 78150
Age 65 to Below 75 - R 121800
Age 75 and over - R 135 300

Retirement Fund Deduction

The deduction is limited to 27.5% of the greater of remuneration for PAYE Purpose or taxable income (both excluding retirement fund lump sums and severance benefits). The deduction is further limited to the lower of R 350000 or 27.5% of taxable income before inclusion of a taxable capital gain.


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The India Country Research Team Members
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Macau (SAR) Tax with Calculator

Link to Macau Tax Calculator:

Introduction ·Individuals are subject to tax on income arising in Macau. Residency of an individual has no significance in determining tax liability. ·Professional Tax is imposed on employment and self-employment income arising in Macau. For the purpose of tax, taxpayers are divided into employees and professional practitioners. ·Tax Year End is 31st December. ·PAYE System is used to withhold taxes ·TFN: When an individual commences employment, they will be requested to quote their Tax File Number (TFN) to their employer. ·Tax Amount is rounded up to the nearest dollar. ·When are estimates/prepayments/withholding of tax due in Macau? For example: monthly, annually, both, and so on. ·Monthly for expatriates, quarterly for Macau residents and non-residents with a working permit.

Types of Taxable Compensation ·Employment income and remuneration ·Daily wages ·