Canstar’s Income Tax Calculator calculates the tax payable on gross wages paid in equal weekly amounts. The rates are obtained from the Australian Tax Office. No allowance is made for tax deductions, Medicare or other levies &/or payments.

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How is income tax calculated and what is the rate of income tax?

How much tax will you be contributing?  For individual taxpayers who are Australian residents for tax purposes, the following rates apply for the 2020/21 financial year.

Total taxable income Tax rate
$0 – $18,200 No tax
$18,201 – $45,000 19c for each $1 over $18,200
$45,001 – $120,000 $5,092 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $45,000
$120,001 – $180,000 $29,467 plus 37c for each $1 over $120,000
$180,001 and over $51,667 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000
Source: ATO.

→Related article: Income Tax Brackets and Rates in Australia: 2020/2021

How much do you have to earn to pay tax?

The ATO advises you will have to pay income tax on every dollar over $18,200 that you earn; earnings below that are tax-free. In addition to the rates in the table above, most taxpayers are also charged a Medicare levy of 2%.  You can find out more about the tax-free threshold.

What is taxable income?

Income tax is applied to ‘taxable income’. So: what is your taxable income?  The ATO defines taxable income as follows: ‘Your taxable income is the income you have to pay tax on. It is the term used for the amount left after you have deducted all the expenses you are allowed to claim from your assessable income. Assessable income – allowable deductions = taxable income.’

How much tax do I need to pay?

How much tax you need to pay will depend on your personal circumstances. For Australian residents for tax purposes, the income you earn worldwide (from Australia and overseas) from this list that exceeds the tax-free threshold of $18,200 can be taxed. This applies whether it’s paid in cash, cheque or electronically.

  • Salary and wages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Interest from bank accounts
  • Work allowances, such as for travel, clothing, laundry and your vehicle
  • Dividends and capital gains from your investments
  • Bonuses
  • Overtime payments
  • Commissions
  • Pensions
  • Rent

Where can I find more tax information?

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website has information for Australians about tax. Thinking about your tax return? As well as our pay calculator, Canstar has a new Tax Hub with expert insights and feature articles on topics for this tax time. You can find out about a variety of tax-related topics, such as:

The information on this page and site is general information only and should not be used as the basis for any tax-related decision making. Please discuss your personal situation with a registered tax agent or other qualified tax adviser.