Aus­tralia to im­pose ‘back­packer tax’

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS -

The Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment has given the go-ahead for a con­tro­ver­sial “back­packer tax” plan, un­der which for­eign trav­el­ers who work tem­po­rar­ily in the coun­try will have to pay 15 per­cent of tax on ev­ery dol­lar they earn. The de­ci­sion was made on Mon­day after a year of po­lit­i­cal wran­gle which forced the gov­ern­ment to cut the planned tax rate of 32.5 per­cent by al­most a half. The pro­posal had trig­gered dis­con­tent among tourism op­er­a­tors as well as farm­ers who feared that the new­pol­icy would make it unattrac­tive to visit Aus­tralia.

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