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  • Finding the HELP component



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    Input your employee's weekly earnings in column 1 (ignoring any cents) into the HELP component look-up tool and use the appropriate column to find the HELP component.

    Use column 2 if your employee is either:

    • claiming the tax-free threshold
    • a foreign resident.

    Use column 3 if your employee is not claiming the tax-free threshold.


    The employee has claimed the tax-free threshold and has weekly earnings of $1,333.57. Ignoring cents, input $1,333 into the HELP component look-up tool. The HELP component in column 2 is $73.00.

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    Using a formula

    The withholding amounts shown in this table can be expressed in a mathematical form.

    If you have developed your own payroll software package, refer to Statement of formulas for calculating Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and Student Financial Supplement Scheme (SFSS) components (NAT 3539)

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    Last modified: 18 Feb 2015QC 39419