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Friday, January 25, 2013

Financial Resolution 2013

After a resilient economy in the year 2012, we are now in 2013 and I'm thinking that we have yet to see the worst from 2012. I'm not sure that whether global economy will be getting worse or getting better, however I know it myself that own economy might turn bad if inflation continue to go up, while salary maintaining slightly higher or the same.

Hence, this year, I will set a rather defensive financial resolution sort of to protect the capital, while having slight growth over the year in line with the inflation.The target growth of the stocks portfolio is expected to be about 10%, with the growth mainly in the dividend stocks and oversea stocks.

As almost everyone in the country are expecting there will be a slight correction in stock market due to the General Election which is due to held this year, I won't be allocating some portion from the salary to the stock market, at least until second half of the year. Instead, the money will go to the house loan first - at least another 10% total so that it is in line with own goal of finishing serving the house loan within ten years.

Next, based on the last seven years since I started to work, there will be a major purchase in almost every two years, and this might be the year that I will have another purchase. (Major purchase meaning getting either house or car) However, will have to look into the situation before committing into another loan.

Finally, I will continue tithing and as this will continue to educate me to spend within my means. Overall, it will be a challenging year to individual as well to major corporation throughout the world. Being prudent for the year definitely not because of afraid of risk taking, but it is about optimizing the money while minimizing the risk to as low as possible.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Another PCB or Scheduled Tax Deduction (STD) for Bonus Calculation

We are now in another new year, or financial year and many of us are just 2-3 months for tax submission. However, there are just still so many of us who are questioning how our scheduled tax deduction (STD) or PCB is calculated as most of the time we are getting different deduction.

It is not a surprise as majority working class are having fixed monthly salary, but at the same time on and off we are getting bonuses from our employers. These bonuses are the reason why we are getting different scheduled tax deduction on certain month when we have bonus.

I posted twice on how these are calculated on
Calculating PCB or  Schedular Tax Deduction (STD) for Salary and Bonus and
How to Calculate PCB or Scheduled Tax Deduction (STD) for Salary and Bonus

Anyway, since I'm still getting emails on the calculation, I will use the example from the email so that the reader can understand it based on his or her salary and bonuses.
Assuming A is getting a salary of RM3,000 and have RM24 deducted monthly for tax.
One of the month A is getting RM10,000 and RM1,100 will be deducted for EPF.
Based on this, we can have 2 conclusion, either the bonus is RM10,000 and another is RM7,000 (from RM10,000 - RM3, 000)

In this case, I will take bonus as RM10,000.

Monthly Salary = RM3,000
Monthly EPF = RM330
Net Salary = RM2,670 (Monthly Salary - Monthly EPF)
PCB from the PCB table = RM24

Next we have another RM10,000 which is the bonus.
Bonus = RM10,000
EPF = RM1,100
Annual EPF deduction allowable is RM6,000; thus each month EPF allowable is RM500 (RM6,000 / 12)
EPF remaining for bonus deduction = RM500 - RM330  = RM170
Gross Bonus for PCB = RM10,000 - RM170 = RM9,830
The amount for bonus PCB calculation has a formula like the following:-
= (1/12 x net_bonus) + net_salary
= (1/12 x RM9,830) + RM2,670
= RM3,489.17

PCB from the PCB table for RM 3,49.17 = RM80
PCB for bonus = (RM80 - RM24) x 12 = RM672