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PAYG Calculator

A PAYG calculator is a vital tool if you are running your own business. As a business owner, you will need to plan ahead for income tax payments throughout the year to maintain good cash flow.

Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) instalments of your tax is a simple way to ensure you don't have a large tax bill at the end of the year. You can use the calculator on this page as a PAYG calculator to determine the amount of tax you will need to pay as a business owner, and plan your PAYG instalments to the ATO.

Salary Calculator

If you are using the Pay Calculator as a Salary Calculator, simply enter your annual salary and select the relevant options to your income. In most cases, your salary will be provided by your employer on an annual basis. You can then see how your salary is broken down into weekly, fortnight, or monthly earnings.

Wage Calculator

If you are using the Pay Calculator as a Monthly, Fortnightly, or Weekly Wage Calculator, you will need to consider the total amount earned for each period and how this might alter your tax rate. This is a valuable resource for individuals paid a commission for sales or who work overtime, as you can use the wage calculator to understand how your Take Home Pay may vary based on fluctuations in your earnings.

Income Tax Calculator

The Pay Calculator also works as an Income Tax Calculator. Once you enter in details about your pay, you’ll see figures displayed in the Breakdown table which indicate the total amount of taxable income you earn, along with the amount of tax deducted from your salary or wages.

Income Tax Calculator for Salary Earners

This is particularly useful if you are provided with an annual salary figure, but won’t be working with the company for the full year. In this instance, a salary calculator can help you calculate the amount of tax you will be paying based on your annual salary, versus the actual amount you will be required to pay at the end of the year. 

For example:  

  • Your salary is $60,000 per year
  • The projected total amount of annual tax you will pay is $11,067
  • You will only be working for the company for six months of the year before travelling
  • Your total tax paid in that time will be $5533.50
  • As you only work for six months, your total earnings will therefore only be $30,000
  • The actual total amount of annual tax you will pay for the year is $2,142

While you will still pay tax according to your projected annual earnings ($60,000), your end-of-year tax will only be calculated on your actual earnings ($30,000).

Example of income tax applied to earnings

Annual Salary$60,000
Marginal Tax Rate32.5%
Annual Tax Paid$11,067
Annual Take Home Pay$48,933

Income Tax Calculator for Wage Earners

If you earn a wage and receive bonuses or overtime pay, you may find the amount of tax you pay differs between payslips. Your employer withholds a certain amount of your earnings to put aside for tax obligations, and calculates this amount each pay cycle.

If you have overpaid tax throughout the year due fluctuations in your wages, you will receive a refund at the end of the year.

You can use the Tax Return Calculator to estimate your end-of-year refund.

Other Calculators

If you need to make calculations not relating to your salary and wages, we have a range of calculators designed for interest or loan repayment calculations. You can visit our dedicated page to view the full list of financial calculators, which you can use to estimate loan repayments, compound interest earned on investments, GST on purchases and much more.

Pay Calculator FAQ

What is the difference between gross and net income?

The easiest way to understand the difference between gross and net income is:

  • Your gross income is the amount you earn before tax
  • Your net income is your take-home pay

What is the difference between salary and wages?

Salary is a fixed amount paid to an employee by their employer, and wages are a variable amount paid to an employee based on their hourly rate multiplied by the hours worked within a set period of time. Wages can fluctuate based on the number of hours worked by an employee, whereas a salary is a regular amount which is not influenced by working fewer or greater hours.

Can I use the pay calculator if I’m paid hourly and not on salary?

If you are paid at an hourly rate — i.e. not on a salary — you can use the Pay Calculator just as you would for other forms of income. Simply adjust the Pay Frequency settings from Annual to Monthly, Fortnight, or Weekly to match the frequency of payments from your employer, and you can see how details about your pay for each specified pay period.

How do I calculate tax from previous years?

Yes. The Money Pay Calculator can be used to calculate taxable income and income tax for previous tax years, currently from the 2015-2016 tax year to the most recent tax year, 2020-2021. Simply select the appropriate tax year you wish to include from the Pay Calculator menu when entering in your income details.