Backpacker Tax Update Jan 2017

SCAA: Backpacker tax update

The new tax for backpacker kicked in on 1 January after many months of debate and submissions.

In summary, it only affects those employees on working visas 417 & 462.

If you are employing workers on these two visas, you are required to

  • withhold 15% tax from their wages as opposed to the standard 13% for those ‘residents’ working in the industry.
  • employers need to register that they are employing those working on these two visas.

See attached or follow the link for full details.

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