Calculating Payroll Tax for the period April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025

Payroll Tax Amendments for 2024

The budget statement which was read on Friday, February 16th, 2024, by the Premier and Finance Minister, the Hon. David Burt, JP, MP included the following amendments to the Payroll Tax Act 1995.

New Hire Relief: 2024 

The New Hire Relief of 2024 repeals and replaces the relief granted in both 2018 and 2020. The 2024 New Hire Relief is offered to:

  • All Exempted Companies and,
  • All other employers with remuneration greater than $500,000

Qualifying Employers must increase the number of full-time equivalents from those reported in the baseline period of January thru March 2022.  Full-time refers to a person who works 15 hrs. or more per week.  Qualifying Employers receive Employer portion tax exemption on the remuneration paid to Qualifying Employees. 

Qualifying Employees are full-time employees hired:

  • any time between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2024 and who are still employed after April 1, 2024, and
  • anytime during the period April 1, 2024 thru March 31, 2026. 

At the time the New Hire becomes employed he or she must not have been employed by a Parent or Affiliate Company. 

Taxpayers with qualifying employees must submit a completed application form by the quarter end in which the employee qualifies.  Retroactive approval will not be considered.  Application forms can be found under Resources on this page. 

Tax Cap 

The tax cap remains the same at $1,000,000 per person.  This means that additional remuneration earned beyond $1,000,000 is not subject to tax.  See the below Employee portion schedule for the applicable tax rates.

Tax Rates

Tax rates were not amended and remain the same as 2023-2024 rates shown in the schedules below.

Tax Calculation - Employer Portion

The employer is required to pay tax on gross taxable remuneration as defined in the Payroll Tax Act 1995 based on the following rates:  




The Government, Parish Councils, Government Boards, the Bermuda College, approved schools, registered charities, religious and cultural organizations and the Bermuda Festival Ltd., New Start-up businesses (4 quarters) and an employer in an Economic Empowerment Zone (9 quarters).


New Hire remuneration and remuneration, (excluding dividend and bonus payments) paid to employees in Special Situations e.g. persons on jury duty or on duty with the Bermuda Regiment or Bermuda Volunteer Reserve, persons employed as farmers, fishermen or horticulturists, hotel and restaurant employees from November – March, retail employees from January – March, employees with permanent disabilities, employees on approved Training Schemes, persons or maternity or paternity leave,  and persons hired as entertainers or musicians.


Self Employed Farmers and Fishermen


Taxpayers with an annual payroll less than $200,000 (or less than $50,000 p/qtr.), educational, sporting, or scientific institutions, associations or societies and horticulturists.


Taxpayers with annual remuneration of not less than $200,000 and not more than $350,000 (or < $87,500 p/qtr.); the Bermuda Hospitals Board and the Corporations of Hamilton and St. George’s


Taxpayers operating a restaurant or hotel with an annual payroll of $350,000 or greater (>$87,500 p/qtr.).


Taxpayers with annual remuneration of more than $350,000 and not more than $500,000 (>$87,500 up to $125,000 p/qtr.).


Retail Establishments with annual remuneration over $500,000 p/a (or >$125,000 p/qtr.) and whose primary business is the sale of fashion, shoes, jewelry and perfume.


Taxpayers with an annual payroll greater than $500,000 and up to $1,000,000 (>$125,000 up to $250,000 p/qtr.).


Taxpayers with an annual payroll greater than $1,000,000 p/a (>$250,000 p/qtr.) 


All Exempt Undertakings


Tax Calculation - Employee Portion

The EMPLOYEE portion of payroll tax must be calculated separately from the employer portion. 

Employers have the option to deduct the employee portion of payroll tax from employees however the responsibility to pay the full amount of tax (i.e. employer plus employee portions) rests with the employer.

The EMPLOYEE portion is calculated across 5 tax bands using the marginal or progressive tax rate structure as follows:




0 - $48,000



$48,0001 - $96,000



$96,001 - $200,000



$200,001 - $500,000



$500,001 - $1,000,000





The marginal tax rate is the rate of tax that employees incur on each additional dollar of earnings. As earnings rise, each dollar of earnings above the previous level is taxed at a higher rate.  For example, based on the rates for 2024-2025, a person who earns an annual rate of pay of $49,000 a year would be taxed at 0.50% on the first $48,000 and 9.25% on the balance of $1,000 which falls in Band 2. A person who earns $1m would be taxed across each of the 5 bands since a portion of his/her remuneration fits into each category.

It is important to note that the Progressive Tax rates are applied to each persons’ annual rate of pay. For employees that earn fluctuating amounts per pay period, the annual rate of pay must be recalculated each pay period so that the payroll tax can be adjusted accordingly.  The pay period calculators found under Resources on this page can assist you when calculating the EMPLOYEE portion.

Note that the year must coincide with the fiscal year as defined in the Payroll Tax Act 1995 (1 April – 31 March)



All taxpayers with payrolls of $200,000 or more per annum are reminded of the requirement to e-file with effect from the quarter April – June 2021.  Penalties will be levied where tax is not submitted in the required format.  To register please visit  The Office of the Tax Commissioner encourages all taxpayers to e-file for fast and easy reporting.  Enquire at  

Tax Filing Dates:

Payroll Tax is due quarterly with a 15-day grace period at the end of the quarter.  Employers and Self-employed persons who file late will be subject to late penalties and assessments.  Please take note of the quarters and filing dates below:

  • Remuneration earned between January – March must be declared and filed anytime between April 1st to the deadline of April 15th.
  • Remuneration earned between April – June must be filed between July 1st to the deadline of July 15th.
  • Remuneration earned between July – September must be filed between October 1st to the deadline of October 15th, and
  • Remuneration earned between October – December must be filed between January 1st to the deadline of January 15th.

Books and Records:

Employers must keep adequate books and records in accordance with the Tax (Accounts and Records) Regulations 1991 in order to verify the declarations made on each tax return.  Any person who submits false returns, fails to keep adequate records or to present them to the Office of the Tax Commissioner when requested, or evades tax payment in any way commits an offense and is subject to fines up to $500,000.  The Tax Commissioner reserves the right to assess a value for undeclared remuneration under section 16 of the Taxes Management Act for any person to which in his opinion such person is chargeable.