What is Relevant Income?

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When making MPF contributions,  “relevant income” is always mentioned. The most common one is the relevant income x 5% amount of mandatory contributions payable by the employer. Does the relevant income represent the salary paid by the employer?

The definition from Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority refers to all monetary payments paid or payable by an employer to an employee, including wages, salary, leave pay, fees, commissions, bonuses, gratuities, perquisites or allowances, but excluding severance payments or long service payments under the Employment Ordinance (Chapter 57, Laws of Hong Kong).

In other words, the salary, bonus, holiday allowance, housing allowance, and other common pay items received by an employee can also be counted as relevant income. However, if the company layoffs and pays the employee severance payment, or the long service payment received by the employee after leaving the company under certain conditions, these two pay items are not included in the relevant income. In addition, marriage allowance and bonuses for passing professional examinations are not included in the relevant income either.

It is necessary to know the income additions and deductions when paying the employees. For example, salary, allowance, commission, etc. are included in the net pay. But if an employee applies for no pay leave or sick leave for more than 4 consecutive days in the current month, it should be included in the deduction. 

The MPF calculation function of Workstem can automatically determine and calculate the minimum and maximum contribution amount according to the relevant income of employees. Once income additions and deductions have been set up, you don’t need to worry about the mistakes anymore!

(The article on this website is intended to be for reference and general information purposes only. Workstem does not warrant or represent that such information is complete, accurate or up to date. It should not be treated as a complete and authoritative statement of law or court practice, or a substitute for professional legal advice.)

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