• 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 47% for each $1 of earnings (ignoring any cents).
    • If they have given you a valid TFN, you need to withhold the amount calculated in the foreign resident tax rates below, rounding any cents to the nearest dollar.

    Foreign resident tax rates

    Weekly tax rates

    Weekly earnings
    $

    Weekly rate

    0 to 1,672

    32.5 cents for each dollar of earnings

    1,673 to 3,460

    $543 plus 37 cents for each $1 of earnings over $1,672

    3,461 and over

    $1,204 plus 47 cents for each $1 of earnings over $3,460

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

    Last modified: 16 Sep 2016QC 50007