backpacker tax

Ripples from the backpacker case spread wide

The recent decision in Addy v Commissioner of Taxation [2019] FCA 1768 continues to stir up the tax practitioner community. It found that a taxpayer was not subject to the “backpackers tax” basically due to the operation of an article of non-discrimination (Art 25[1]) in the Australia-UK Double Taxation Agreement. In the interim since the

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Backpacker tax court challenge just launched

Many could be forgiven for assuming that the backpacker tax was a done deal, as it has been about a year since the then newly proposed tax caused quite vocal reactions from various tourism groups and industry bodies that were anxious about the affect the tax would have on both employer operations or on their

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Backpacker tax will put brakes on affected sectors, says industry researcher

The controversial backpacker tax bill, passed in late 2016, is predicted to reduce the number of working holiday visa holders over the next five years. Backpacker tax will put brakes on affected sectors A recent report from industry-based research house IBISWorld indicates that the tax will negatively affect operators in downstream industries, particularly agricultural industries

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Employers given extended deadline to administer new backpacker tax rates

The ATO hosted a teleconference with a peak representative body for the horticultural industry in early January to provide guidance on administering the new “backpacker” tax regime, which is effective from January 1. Employers given extended deadline to administer new backpacker tax rates Information subsequently distributed to the representative body’s membership included that employers who

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Backpacker tax: Government backs down

Backpacker tax: Government backs down. The Federal Government has responded to pressure and dropped its plan to introduce a 32.5% tax on backpacker workers. Instead, working holidaymakers will be taxed at a lower rate of 19%, starting January 1, 2017. They will still be charged from the first dollar earned. Under the original $540 million

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