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  • When your employee is a foreign resident

    If your employee has answered no to the question ‘Are you an Australian resident for tax purposes?’ on their Tax file number declaration, you will need to use the foreign resident tax rates.

    There are two ways you can withhold from a foreign resident’s earnings:

    • If they have not given you a valid TFN, you need to withhold 45% for each $1 of earnings (ignoring any cents).
    • If they have given you a valid TFN, you need to withhold the amount calculated using the foreign resident tax rates below, rounding any cents to the nearest dollar.

    Foreign resident tax rates

    Fortnightly tax rates


    Fortnightly rate

    0 to 4,613

    32.5 cents for each dollar of earnings

    4,614 to 6,921

    $1,499 plus 37 cents for each $1 of earnings over $4,613

    6,922 and over

    $2,353 plus 45 cents for each $1 of earnings over $6,921

    Foreign residents cannot claim tax offsets to reduce withholding. If your foreign resident employee has claimed a tax offset on the Withholding declaration, don’t make any adjustments to the amount you withhold.

    Last modified: 13 Oct 2020QC 63811