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1. Posted by chelsi (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

whats all this about tax... what the hell is a tax? ermm no just kidding but really whats it about. if you earn min. are you going to have to pay tax when you go back into your home country or does the tax come off your pay check?.... wow this could be a really ridiculous quiestion. I've just never had to deal with this tax sitch. before...haha i realise how silly this makes me sound... u dont know me.. so i dont mind. So if you get a min wage job what are you making a month when tax is taken off, oh my. i dont like this whole idea.... who can i speak to about this. I think there needs to be a stop on all this tax himby jimby.

2. Posted by Fern1 (Full Member 53 posts) 10y

Are you for real.

3. Posted by chelsi (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

hahah yes. i mean no... no it was just a joke. carry on. nothing to see here.... ok i have had to deal with tax before obviously... i just have never worked a min wage job because I have been working me... off in university for the last 3 1/2 years...and the job i have in paris i don't need to pay tax....hmmm but thank you for your help.

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 8, 2006 1:08 AM by chelsi ]

4. Posted by angieg (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y

In australia when you work you have to pay income tax. You will be given a tax file number with your WHV and will have to show this to any employer that you work for, and then the govt will automatically take tax out of your pay. For us who live here im pretty sure the 1st $6000 you earn in a year is tax free then anything earned in excess of this is taxed around 15-17%, but that could be different for you travellers.... Have fun travellin!!
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[ Edit: Edited at Jun 14, 2006 3:33 AM by angieg ]

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4833 posts) 10y

Quoting angieg

In australia when you work you have to pay income tax. You will be given a tax file number with your WHV

Actually you have to apply for this separately, and can only do so once you've entered the country.

For us who live here im pretty sure the 1st $6000 you earn in a year is tax free then anything earned in excess of this is taxed around 15-17%, but that could be different for you travellers....

Heh, indeed. There's no tax-free treshold at all for non-residents (however, be aware that if you stay in one city for something like half a year and do activities like going to clubs or such, you can be labeled as a resident for tax purposes (despite definitely not being a legal resident), and thus can benefit from the threshold - specifically: "If you are visiting Australia for more than six months and for most of that time work in the one job and live at the same place, then you are generally an Australian resident for tax purposes.".)
Of course, most employers will retain taxes as if you were a non-resident, so if the above applies to you, you'd have to fill informs at the end of the year to get some tax back.

(I also had to pay 29% tax, rather than 15-17%, but that might just be because I earned too much.) ^_^

[ Edit: Edited at Jun 14, 2006 4:45 AM by Sander ]

6. Posted by karboot (Budding Member 14 posts) 10y

chelsi,

The Aussie tax year ends 30th june so you need to apply for tax back any time after that, theres loads of 'tax back for travellers' companies, most charge about 10% of the refund you'll be getting. try taxback.com.au the website can help you, or if your like me, give them a call and they can take you through the process

Good luck!