Category Taxation in Australia

Australian Backpacker Tax to Be Set at 15%

November 29, 2016 Taxation in Australia

Backpacker tax in AustraliaCANBERRA – Australia has reached a compromise on its controversial “backpacker tax” which will now be set at 15 percent.

On November 29th the One Nation party of Australia pledged its support to the government of Australia to implement a special tax rate for travellers working in Australia, ending months of debate and controversy on the issue.

Currently, backpackers working in Australia face the same system of personal taxes as Australian citizens, and are not liable for personal income tax until their annual earnings exceed AUD 18 500 per year.

However, in its latest budget proposal the government stated that it intends to see backpackers pay a rate of 32.5 percent from the first dollar earned.

Following the announcement of the 32...

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Australia Urged to Drop Tax Breaks for Retirees

November 21, 2016 Taxation in Australia

Tax breaks for elderly in AustraliaAustralia could be AUD 1 billion better off each year if it dropped a number of tax breaks aimed exclusively at retirement-aged Australians.

New research released by the Australian think-tank the Grattan Institute has called for a wind-back of the tax breaks offered to older Australians.

Currently, senior Australians are eligible to enjoy high levels of rebates on private medical insurance, Seniors and Pensioners Tax Offsets (SAPTO), and a higher Medicare levy income threshold than the one faced by younger taxpayers.

The think-tank called the offsets and tax breaks “unduly generous” and without any economic rationale.

It was noted that the age-based tax policies are becoming increasingly misaligned, due to the rising levels of workforce participation by those aged 65 and over, and ...

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Australia Drops Backpacker Tax

September 27, 2016 Taxation in Australia

Tax on backpackersCANBERRA – Backpackers in Australia will be breathing a sigh of relief, as the government back down from its plan to levy a raised tax rate for foreign workers.

On September 27th the government of Australia backed down on its intentions to apply an income tax rate of 32.5 percent on the incomes earned by working holiday makers.

Australian citizens enjoy a zero rate of tax on personal incomes up to AUD 18 200, followed by a rate of 19 percent on incomes between AUD 18 201 and 37 000, with a rate of 32.5 on all further income.

The government had previously stated that it would drop the thresholds for any non-residents with working visas in Australia, instead levying incomes at the full rate of 32.5 percent.

The intention quickly proved to be controversial, with many groups and experts clai...

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ATO Raids “Phoenix” Schemes

August 12, 2016 Taxation in Australia

Tax Debts in USACANBERRA – More than a hundred tax investigators raided business across Australia to uncover evidence of fake bankruptcies being used to dodge taxes.

Over the course of August 11th the Australian Tax Office (ATO) conducted 13 raids to catch out bankrupt businesses employing so-called “phoenix schemes” to dodge debts and tax obligations.

The raids involved 130 separate advisers and investigators from the ATO.

The ATO’s investigations revolved around several pre-insolvency advisers who reputedly aided businesses to skip out on their tax obligations by entering into voluntary bankruptcy.

The schemes were called phoenix schemes as the bankrupt businesses would be recreated in a new form, following their voluntary bankruptcy.

It is believed that the bankrupt businesses collectively skipp...

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Sugar Taxes Won’t Work in Ireland

August 8, 2016 Taxation in Australia

DUBLIN – A sugar tax in Ireland would result in a loss in tax revenues, without any corresponding improvement in taxpayers’ health.

Over the weekend the Irish Beverage Council, released a new report, showing that the introduction of a tax on the sale of sugar-sweetened beverages in the country would result in increased household expenses, decreased sales, and a loss in tax revenues.

The research completed by the Irish Beverage Council, and detailed in the report, suggested that the introduction of a EUR 0.10 sugar tax on a can of soft drink would hike the expenditure of an average household in Ireland by EUR 60 per year.

However, the increases in cost will also result in an overall drop in the number of drinks sold, resulting in a drop in sales of as much as EUR 60 million per year.

Fo...

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