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About what percentage of tax paid do you get back?

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1. Posted by bitbythebug (Budding Member, 9 posts) 2 May '12 16:01

Hey!

I left Australia a few months ago and am now trying to lodge my taxes myself. I only worked for about a month in the '10-'11 tax year and am using the ATO e tax software. First of all, can I lodge even though it's for the last tax year and second, about what percentage of the taxes paid do holiday work visaers get back? The estimate is telling me I'm only going to get about 10% ...is that about right?

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1730 posts) 3 May '12 05:53

I hope they are not as bad as the British tax office. It took me over a year of letters, emails and complaints to get a tax refund from them.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5417 posts) 4 May '12 03:09

The deadline for self-lodging your tax return for 2011 tax year was the end of October.

If you go through an accountant, they can still lodge it in the next couple of weeks though, so maybe that's an option though you have to hurry!

4. Posted by davegoldy (Budding Member, 4 posts) 23 Jul '12 19:47

Peter is corect, you had to do it yourself by the end of October, try contacting a professional company who specialist in helping backpackers with their tax returns for help. If you've earned under 14K in total and been in Aus for at least 183 days within the financial year then you should get 100% of the tax refunded...

5. Posted by bitbythebug (Budding Member, 9 posts) 23 Jul '12 20:16

Sweet! Thanks for the straight answer! Much appreciated!