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Employing holiday makers on a visa

Employers can employ holiday makers on either a Working Visa (subclass 417) or a Working and Holiday Visa (subclass 462).

Employees on either visa are taxed at 15 per cent from the first dollar earned, regardless of their residency. Working holiday makers cannot claim the tax free threshold and must provide their employer with their tax file number (TFN).

Those who do not supply their employer with their TFN will be taxed at top marginal tax rate.

If a working holiday maker meets eligibility criteria, employers are required to pay superannuation.

Before employing someone on a Visa, you should check they have the correct visa using the ATO’s Visa Entitlement Verification Online service and register with the ATO before making your first payment to them.

Posted on 27 April '18 by , under Tax.

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