The tax on any departing Australia super payment made to working holiday makers after 1 July 2017 has also increased to 65%.
A person is a working holiday maker if they have a visa subclass 417 (Working Holiday) or 462 (Work and Holiday).
When they lodge an income tax return, the ATO will work out how much tax they should have paid. If they have paid too much, the ATO will give a refund. If they have not paid enough, the ATO will send the working holiday maker a bill.
1. Employer registration
Once you register, a withholding rate of 15% applies to the first $37,000 of a working holiday maker's income. From $37,001, normal foreign resident withholding rates apply.
If you do not register, you must withhold tax at 32.5% for the first $37,000 of a working holiday maker's income. From $37,001, normal foreign resident withholding rates apply. Penalties may apply for failing to register.
2. Change in tax rate for super payments in working holiday makers
From 1 July 2017, departing Australia superannuation payments (DASPs) made to working holiday makers (WHMs) will be taxed at 65%.
If an individual holds or has held a 417 (Working Holiday) or 462 (Work and Holiday) visa, they are classified as a WHM.
This change is related to a new income tax rate for WHMs which was introduced by the Australian government in December 2016. Payments made before 1 July 2017 will be taxed at the current rate, which is 38% for a taxed-element. Employers of working holiday makers will need to be aware of their relevant obligations.
Article Courtesy The Tax Institute