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December 21, 2016

Backpacker Tax: does it affect your dairy business?

The tax withheld from payments to working holiday makers with 417 or 462 visas will change from 1 January 2017 in what has been dubbed the 'Backpacker Tax'. If you employ working holiday makers, from 1 January 2017 you must withhold 15% from every dollar earned up to $37,000. You must register to use this rate. You can do this online at if you are registered for pay as you go withholding (PAYGW). You and your employees can confirm your registration using the ABN Lookup tool within five working days of registering.

If I don’t register, the ATO has advised that the deadline for registration has been extended to 31 January 2017. You can still withhold tax at 15% from 1 January 2017 without being penalised.

If you employ working holiday makers but don’t register, you must withhold tax at 32.5% and may be subject to penalties.