Grow­ers urged to reg­is­ter for tax

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

GROW­ERS who em­ploy back­pack­ers have been urged to reg­is­ter with the Aus­tralian Tax Of­fice to ac­cess the new 15% back­packer tax rate.

Mundubbera back­packer ex­pert Barbara Dell’Or­fano said she urged every­one to reg­is­ter.

“The reg­is­tra­tion was re­ally easy and sim­ple,” Ms Dell’Or­fano said.

“You just have to go to the ATO web­site, click on the link and say your busi­ness is an em­ployer for work­ing hol­i­day visa hold­ers,” she said.

Ms Dell’Or­fano said if busi­nesses did not reg­is­ter, back­pack­ers would have to pay the 32.5% tax rate.

“At the end of the fi­nan­cial year they’ll have to pay tax in­stead of get some back,” she said.

“Up un­til De­cem­ber 31 they don’t have to pay tax, but from Jan­uary 1 un­til June they’ll have to pay tax back they haven’t paid if em­ployer isn’t reg­is­tered.

“It’s re­ally bad be­cause they’ll have to pay a lot.

“They’ll lose most of their money, then they’ll say next year I won’t do the farm be­cause I paid more tax.”

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