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Moving to, investing in, or working in AustraliaAustralian tax for non-residents Speak with an expert
If you have come to Australia to work, or if you have investments in Australia, you need to understand the tax and financial issues that relate to you.
Whether you are:
- working in Australia on a short term assignment with an overseas employer
- permanently migrating to Australia
- on a temporary resident visa
- having a working holiday
we can help you understand how tax and superannuation affects you.
Your tax residency status determines the rate of tax you pay and whether you have to pay tax on your foreign income, or just your Australian income. Residency for tax purposes is not the same as your migration status or citizenship. The three residency categories are:
|Status||Tax rate||Taxable income|
|Resident||Resident (lower)||Australian & overseas|
|Non Resident||Non Resident (higher)||Australian ONLY|
|Resident||Resident (lower)||Australian ONLY|
Lodging a tax return
You need to lodge a tax return if any of the following apply
- You are a non resident with $1 or more of Australian income
- You are a resident or temporary resident with $6,000 or more taxable income
- You had PAYG tax withheld from your income (almost any employee would fit into this category
Superannuation is a retirement savings scheme which all employees must be a part of. If you work in Australia your employer must put part of your salary into superannution. You cannot access your superannuation until you reach retirement. Depending on your nationality and your visa type you could be elgible to withdraw your super when you leave Australia, or transfer it back to your home country.
Special rules for temporary residents
Special rules apply to temporary residents in relation to the rates of tax paid, the superannuation system and special exemptions from certain types of tax.
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