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  • Claiming the tax-free threshold

    You will get the benefit of the $18,200 tax-free threshold by filling in a Tax file number declaration when you start work or start receiving payments from a government agency such as Centrelink.

    Generally, you can't claim the tax-free threshold from more than one payer at the same time because this may result in you underpaying tax. If you have more than one payer at the same time, you only claim the tax-free threshold from the payer who usually pays you the highest amount. However, if you're certain your total income for the year will be less than $18,200, you can claim the tax-free threshold from each payer.

    If you're a foreign resident for the whole of the income year, you can't claim the tax-free threshold. You pay tax from the first dollar of taxable income.

    • Last modified: 18 Jun 2013QC 31965