Farmers face growing backpacker tax paperwork

Victorian Farmers Federation horticulture group vice-president Emma Germano.

Victorian Farmers Federation horticulture group vice-president Emma Germano.

Farmers and labour contractors have until the end of this month to register for the new backpacker tax rate. 

All backpackers who are in Australia on a 417 or 462 visa will pay 15 per cent in income tax from their first dollar from January 1 but won't reap the full benefits unless they register with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) before January 31. 

If backpackers don't register, they will need to withhold at the foreign resident tax rate of 32.5 per cent. 

Victorian Farmers Federation horticulture group vice-president Emma Germano said there was a lack of information from government to growers. 

"What many don't know or understand is that not just farmers were impacted," Ms Germano told The Guardian.

For full story, see Friday's Guardian (January 6, 2017)

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