Bank Reconciliation Statement s the verification of all the entries in the bank statement with the bank book of the business. First, let understand what bank statement and cash book mean. A bank statement is the financial statement showing the details of all the transactions that the business had made through the bank account. While cash book is subsidiary book in which all cash transactions of receipts and payments are recorded.
Definition of Terms
Bank charges: This is money deducted from the entity account by the Bank to cover the cost of looking after the account.
Unpresented cheque: Is a cheque draw but not yet been presented at the drawer’s bank.
Uncleared cheque/ effect: Are bank cheque that passed through the clearing system but not yet cleared. It appears on the debit side of the cash book.
Dividend: This is direct dividend receive into bank account.
Standing order: This is an order given to the bank to pay a fixed sum of money at regular intervals from one’s bank account to a designated payee. e.g. paying rent, paying utility bill etc.
Advantage of standing order
It helps to save the repeated drawing cheque;
They help to save spending money on stationery and postage and
it is certain that payments are made on the due date.
Disadvantages of standing order
There are bank charges for such services.
Dishonoured Cheque: This is cheque rejected by Bank. Top 11 of what will give rise to dishonoured cheque
When cheques are not signed or signed incorrectly (i.e. Irregular Signature)
No date shown on the cheque
When the cheque is mutilated
Insufficient funds in the account to meet the cheque
Alteration on the cheque without endorsement by the drawer’s signature.
Stale cheque: This is one that is more than 6months old. But is still valid after 6months if confirm from the drawer by the bank.
The death of the drawer
Posted dated cheque: When the drawer of a cheque has insufficient funds to meet the amount of the cheque but expects to have sufficient in the future date the cheque in advance of the drawing date.
When payment is stopped by government authority.
Top 5 discrepancies between cash book and bank statements?
Pay-as-you-earn is a tax deducted from employee salary account and remitted on or before the 10th day of the month following the month in which salaries were paid. See relevant sections of the Personal Income Tax Act (PITA). (S.81 of Personal Income Tax Act Cap P8 LFN 2011). S. for details
WHAT IS TAXABLE ENTITLEMENT (GROSS) OR GROSS EMOLUMENTS
This is the total amount your employer pay to you as salary including all benefits arising from employment.
It can be a inform of wages, salaries, allowances including benefits in kind, gratuities, superannuation and any other incomes derived solely by reason of employment.
All manner of allowance you earn, provided it’s not a re-imbursement of expense to you, is taxable.
Finance Act 2020, defined “gross income” as income from all sources less non-taxable income, tax-exempt items listed in Paragraph (2) of the Sixth Schedule and all allowable business expenses and capital allowance (finance-act-2020). This is addition to the Act.
For example, if you spend an amount for training outside your station and the money is refunded or reimburse through your payslip, it must be subjected to tax. All pay not intended to be taxed must not be passed through payroll. Pay like training cost, transport to attend training etc.
TAX RELIEF (TAX ALLOWANCE)
This is amounts that can be deducted from a person’s annual income to reduce the amount on which tax is paid. Or the amount of your income which is exempt from tax aside from other statutory deductions.
Consolidated relief allowance of N200, 000 or 1 per cent of gross salary or whichever is higher plus 20 per cent of gross salary.
Percentage of Gross Income Relief (PGI): This relief is graduated and it is based on your Gross income. The higher your income, the more relief you receive. PGI relief is currently 20%. For example, if your Gross income per annum is N5, 000,000 then your PGI would be N1, 000,000.
The tax law provides certain payroll deductions as tax exempt or non-taxable deductions. Tax exempt amount has to be removed from Gross taxable Income (earnings) before applying the tax rules to determine tax. The following deductions are not Taxable (.i.e. Tax Exempts):
Pension Deductions (employer 10% and employee 8% of Basic salary, transport and housing allowance).
National Housing Fund Deductions (Employee 2.5% of basic salary).
Life Assurance Payments (this is obtained from the employee life policy document and monthly premium payment receipt is sufficient evidence to earn the tax exempt. Section 33(3) of Finance Act 2020 added that any premium payment. stated that there shall be allowed a deduction of annual amount of any premium paid by the individual during the year preceding the year of assessment to an insurance company in respect of insurance on his life or the life of his spouse or of a contract for a deferred annuity on his own life or the life of his spouse (finance-act-2020). This is addition to the Act.
The National Health Insurance Scheme (Government 10% and employee 5% of basic salary) but employer 5% has not be implemented yet in the federal government MDAs due to Labour objections.
NIGERIA TAX TABLE
for pay-as-you-earn to be done, relief allowance and tax exemptions have been granted to work with, the balance of the income shall be taxed as specified in the tax table below.
Nigerian Payroll tax table comes in annual gross bands in six rows. Each band has a percentage tax value attached to it. The tax table rates must be applied to the Net Taxable Income to get Tax Payable.
Tax table and Rates from June 2011 tax year as see below.
TAXABLE INCOME (NET)
This is derived after deducting the following from Gross Taxable Income. Some are extracted from payslip.
Tax Exempts, and Relief (Tax Allowance).
Apply tax table to the net amount as stated above
NON TAXABLE INCOME
End of year award
Compensation for personal injury
Any compensation for loss of office or employment
Medical or dental expenses incurred by employee
Compensation for loss office or employment
(1) Section 36(2) of Finance Act 2020 is amended by substituting for subsection 2 with a new subsection “2”.
(2) Sums obtained by a way of compensation for loss of office, up to a maximum of N10,000,000, shall not be chargeable gains and subject to tax under the Act. Provided that any sum in excess of N10, 000,000 shall not be so exempted but the excess amount shall be chargeable gains and subject to tax accordingly.
Finance Act 2020 inserted section (3) and (4)
(3) Any person who pays compensation for the loss of office to individual is required, at the point of payment of such compensation, to deduct and remit the tax due under this section to the relevant tax authority.
(4) The tax so deducted shall be remitted within the time specified under the Pay-As-You-Earn regulations issued pursuant to the personal income tax Act.
In other word, monthly payments of Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) tax liabilities are to be made on or before the 10th day of the month following the applicable month (e.g. January tax to be remitted by 10th of February).
Assuming Senior Manager monthly payslip is as shown below. We look at how the statutory deductions were determined.
Taxable Income Calculation for an Senior Manager whose Gross Income is NGN 4.68 Million per annum
Below is the basis of Pay-as-you-earn calculation for a Senior Manager whose gross income is NGN 4.68 million per annum. The accountant has the responsibility to ensure that this PAYE is calculated accurately and deducted promptly
WHAT IS RESIDENCY RULE
Assuming the Senior Manager live in Rivers State but work in Abia State.
To apply residency rule, an employee’s PAYE is payable to the tax authority of the state of his/her residence. It is therefore the duty of the employer to deduct and remit it to the tax authority where the employee is resident.
If the employee is resident in Rivers State, the tax authority that is entitled to his pay-as-you-earn is the Rivers State Board of Internal Revenue.
PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO DEDUCT PAY-AS-YOU-EARN
In line with Section 74(1) of Personal Income Tax Act, 2011 states “ any person or body corporate who fails to deduct, or having deducted, fails to remit such deductions to the relevant tax authority within 30days. This will be from the date the amount was deducted or the time the duty to deduct arose. Such person shall be liable to a penalty of an amount of 10% of the tax not deducted or remitted in addition to the amount of tax not deducted or remitted plus interest at the prevailing monetary policy rate of Central Bank of Nigeria.
EXEMPTION OF MINIMUM WAGE EARNERS FROM PAYE/PIT
Section 37 of Finance Act 2020 “provided for minimum tax. The Act also provided for under the Sixth Schedule to this Act shall not apply to a person in any year of assessment where such person earns the National Minimum Wage or less from an employment (finance-act-2020)
BOOKS OF ACCOUNTS
By Section 12 of PITA 2011 stated that the keeping of books of accounts is very important. The Act stated that, if any taxable person fails or refuses to keep account, such a person shall be liable on conviction to a penalty of N50,000 for individuals and N500,000 for corporate entities.