Have you been paying too much tax (in Jamaica)?

Here is how you can work it out and submit a Tax Return and get yo money back!

Disclaimer: This information is meant to be a guide to help you better understand your Tax Rights. It is not an official Jamaican Government document. Please see the Official Jamaican Tax Website or the Tax Act more information.

  1. Collect all your payslips
    1. Make sure your payslips have your tax deductions on them.
    2. If you lost them or did not receive them – ask your employer – they will have your records and would provide you with a P24 Form for every year you have worked with them. Skip to #4 if you have all your P24 forms. (A P24 Form is a summary of your salary and tax deducted for a particular year)
  2. Sort your payslips by year (example: Jan- Dec 2016, Jan-Dec 2015, Jan-Dec 2014 etc).
    1. Don’t go further than 6 years from today because you would not be able to file for a refund past 6 years.
  3. Add up your Gross Salary (your salary before deductions) for each year
    1. Jan 2016 Gross Salary + Feb 2016 Gross Salary + Mar 2016 Gross Salary +…Dec 2016 Gross Salary
  4. If your Gross Salary per year was less than the following figures* AND you paid tax – you can file a Tax return to get a refund!
    1. In 2016 if your Gross Salary for the year was less than $796,536 JMD
    2. In 2015 if your Gross Salary for the year was less than $557,232 JMD
    3. In 2o14 & 2013 if your Gross Salary for each year was less than $507,312 JMD
    4. In 2012, 2011, & 2010 if your Gross Salary for each year was less than $441,168 JMD

CONGRATS!!! You can file your Tax Return and get a refund!

*These figures are for people under 55 and were acquired from: Income Tax Rates, Thresholds and Exemptions 2003-2017


HOLD ON! If you cannot get a refund from above – read below. There is another simple-ish check you can do to see if you are owed a refund.

  • First determine your taxable salary for the year. Do this by subtracting the non-taxable allowance (figures in item 4 above) from your Gross Salary per year. Example:

Gross Salary for 2016 = $1,000,000 JMD.

Your taxable salary 2016 is: 1,000,000-796,536= 203,464

  • Then calculate how much tax was due for the year which is 25% of your taxable salary. Do this by multiplying your taxable salary by .25

Taxable salary for 2016 = 203,464

Your tax due for 2016 is: 203,464*.25= 50,866.

  • Then look at your payslips for 2016 and add the PAYE (aka Income Tax) that was deducted from each of your payslips for the year.
  • If the amount deducted from your salary for PAYE (aka Income Tax) is more than the tax due then

CONGRATS!!! You have paid too much tax and can submit a Tax Return for 2016.

  • Follow the instructions for each year to figure out if you paid too much tax for any other years.

See a FAQ here for a few more exemptions, how to submit your returns and other information.

Happy Taxing!!!! 

Disclaimer: This information is meant to be a guide to help you better understand your Tax Rights. It is not an official Jamaican Government document. Please see the Official Jamaican Tax Website or the Tax Act more information.

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