You’re a backpacker. That puts you somewhere between a tourist and a…resident?
Actually, yes. The Australian Tax Office may consider you an Australian resident for tax purposes under certain circumstances. As a backpacker, there are some other things you should know as well that could affect your tax return. We know you’re out and about so let’s not waste time getting down to the most frequently asked questions.
Are you a resident for tax purposes?
This sounds like a trick question. You don’t have a permanent residence here. Your family doesn’t necessarily live here. You left your dog with your mom when you came here. However, when it comes to taxes, residency is based on what you do while you’re touring the country. As a resident, you are able to lodge a tax return and claim tax back. If you are deemed a nonresident, then you are not eligible for a refund.
Generally speaking, the ATO considers you a resident for tax purposes if ANY of the following applies:
- You have always lived in Australia.
- You moved to Australia and live here permanently.
- You have been in Australia for at least six months, and for most of the time, you have been working the same job and living at the same place.
- You have been in Australia for more than half of the financial year, unless your usual home is overseas and you do not intend to live in Australia.