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  • People living outside Australia – TFN application

    People living outside Australia with income from an Australian source may need to apply for a tax file number (TFN). Use your TFN to claim a refund of any tax withheld, from an Australian bank account or dividends from Australian shares.

    It is free to apply for a TFN.

    You don’t need a TFN if you're a foreign resident of Australia for tax purposes and you only receive interest, dividends or royalty payments from an Australian source. To find out the rate of tax that your payer should withhold, see Interest, unfranked dividends and royalties.

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    Who can apply

    You can apply for a TFN if you:

    • receive income from an Australian source, other than interest, dividends or royalty payments, such as rental income
    • receive income from Australian business interests
    • have a spouse who is an Australian resident and is applying for family tax benefit or child care subsidy
    • are a member of an Australian superannuation fund that
      • you expect to receive benefits from
      • you intend to make personal contributions to
      • contributions are made to on your behalf 
    • need to lodge an Australian tax return or apply for an Australian business number (ABN).

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    You will also need to provide certified copies of documents to prove your identity. Don't send us your original documents as they may not be returned to you. Post your completed form and documents to the address on the form.

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    Processing your TFN application

    You should receive your TFN within 28 days after we receive your completed application and required documents. Your TFN notice will be sent to the postal address provided on your application.

    We appreciate your patience during the processing period. To prevent delays in processing your application don't lodge another application. If you haven't received your TFN notice after 28 days, contact us.

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    Last modified: 01 Sep 2021QC 22605