Government to re-think the backpacker tax
Review of tax arrangements for Working Holiday Maker visa program
Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, and Assistant Agriculture and Water Resources Minister, Senator Anne Ruston, have welcomed a review into taxation arrangements for the Working Holiday Maker visa program.
The review’s scope will cover taxation and superannuation arrangements under the program.
Minister Joyce said the review would help ensure the right measures are in place to support the two key growth sectors of agriculture and tourism.
‘’We know about 40,000 backpackers work in agriculture for a few months each year, the majority in horticulture at seasonal peaks,’’ Minister Joyce said.
‘’The clear aim is to make sure we have a balanced and equitable approach to the tax status for workers here on visas- we do not want to risk a slide into black market employment in agriculture and tourism,’’ Assistant Minister Ruston said.
Ref: Media Release- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agricultural and Water Resources- 15 March 2016
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