Byfields - October 2016 Newsletter
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Backpacker Tax Changes – For Employers

If you employ backpackers (working holiday makers) from 1 January 2017 you will need to:
  1. Complete a once-off registration with the Australian Taxation Office by following this link:
  2. Once registered, withhold tax at 15% on wages up to $37,000 for employees holding a 417 working holiday visa or a 462 work and holiday visa. A tax withholding table will be available from 1 January 2017.
Further information:
  • Employers who do not register will be required to withhold tax at 32.5% and may be subject to penalties if they employ the above visa holders without being registered.
  • You can confirm your employees’ visa type by following this link:
  • Existing employees do not need to complete a new tax file number declaration form however they should inform you of their visa type to ensure you withhold the correct amount of tax.
  • Other employees holding different visas to those listed above will need to satisfy Australian tax residency requirements or be subject to non-resident tax withholding tax rates as per existing rules.
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