can we claim tax back??
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 16, 2013 3:59 AM Last Post By: jedgerandclyde
Mar 15, 2013 4:56 AM
can we claim tax back??Hey guys!
My girlfriend and I are currently in australia on our working holiday visas. We have recently started our regional work and received our first pay cheque. We were taxed almost 30 percent.
Does anybody know can this be claimed back when leaving the country? If so how much of it can be claimed back?
On the tax form we ticked the box saying we wernt residents for tax purposes. We know this means we are taxed at a higher rate. Can we in future tick the box saying we are residents for tax purposes? If so is it still possible to claim tax back?
All help would be kindly appreciated!
Mar 15, 2013 6:35 AM
Mar 15, 2013 8:05 AM
Mar 15, 2013 8:18 AM
3Additonally what you can claim back is going to be dependent upon your circumstances during your stay and at the end.
This http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2029071&start=15 is a previous TT run around on the topic to give you an idea of the complexity.
Mar 15, 2013 2:07 PM
Mar 15, 2013 3:28 PM
Mar 15, 2013 4:58 PM
6There are many MANY threads on this topic, but the upshot is that unless you actually paid too much tax then you won't get a refund. Here is a link to a tax rate calculator which will give you a reasonable idea of how much tax you will receive, if any: http://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/content.aspx?doc=/content/26030.htm&mnu=42585&mfp=001
Also, you can't actually lodge a tax return until after the end of the current financial year (ie 30/6/13) and you need to have a statement of earnings from your employers (I use the plural in case you worked for more than one). Employers must, by law, provide a statement of earnings within 14 days of the end of the financial year. If you have declared you are a resident for tax purposes then you will also have to pay the 1.5% Medicare levy.
Mar 16, 2013 3:59 AM
7You talk about smart asses commenting, but as far as i know there is only two ways of getting over paid taxes back.
And they are filling out a tax return, of getting a refund when you leave the country, as i said in my post at #4 you should talk to somebody at the ATO.
I do think this is not the type of question you should ask on a forum like this, of course you are going to get a lot of smart-ass answers and however people are trying to help, some wrong advice also........................ The most sensible path would be to go to, or ring the tax office..
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