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Claiming Australia tax back

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1. Posted by rebecca90 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 29w

I'm sorry if this has been asked before (just joined) but I am confused about claiming my aussie tax back. Basically I lived and worked in the same place (4 hours drive away from Sydney) and worked with 1 company there for 8 months, so i'm pretty sure I can claim tax back from this job.
I then moved to Sydney and was working in a bar there, but i only lived in Sydney for 4 months and worked in the bar for 3 months. Can i claim my tax back from this job also?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4895 posts) 29w

It's been a while, so checked the below links to official documentation to back this up, but as far as I remember, you self-determine if you were a resident for tax-purposes during the tax year. If you were, you pay a lower tax rate, and can thus claim money back. That goes for the entire tax year (July through June), not per job.

If you were a resident for tax purposes depends on various factors; length of staying in one place is one of them, but the accommodation you stayed in should also be normal accommodation (not a hostel, but an apartment or something similar), and/or you should also have participated in normal social life in the place you stayed at (visited the gym, gone to the movies, etc). There's a tool to help you determine this.

Btw, if you were there on a WHV, you would only have been allowed to work for the same employer for a maximum of up to 6 months, so you might still run into issues due to the 8 months. On the other hand, I don't think the tax office cares about that (not their job), so probably not something to worry about...

3. Posted by Steve_Pans (First Time Poster 1 posts) 27w

You can definitely claim your tax back for both jobs.

If you earned less than $18,200 you are entitled to earn all the tax paid back as you are within the tax free threshold.

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