Taxation Administration Act 1953
Note: See section 3AA .Chapter 2 - Collection, recovery and administration of income tax
Note: A Commissioner ' s Remedial Power modification is relevant to this part of the tax law.
Taxation Administration (Remedial Power - Seasonal Labour Mobility Program) Determination 2020 (F2020L01474) modifies the operation of s 840-905(b)(ii) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997) and s 12-319A(b)(ii) of Sch 1 to the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (TAA 1953) to include foreign resident employees of Approved Employers under the Seasonal Labour Mobility Program ( " employees under the Program " ) who previously held a Temporary Work (International Relations) Visa (subclass 403) and have extended their stay in Australia using a different temporary visa (including a bridging visa) granted under the Migration Act 1958 .
The operation of the relevant provisions is modified as follows:
The modification applies to salary, wages, commissions, bonuses or allowances paid on and after 24 March 2020. The modification ensures that employees under the Program continue to be taxed by application of a final withholding tax rate of 15%. It also ensures that this income is otherwise treated as non-assessable non-exempt income. As is currently the case for those holding a Temporary Work (International Relations) Visa (subclass 403), these employees under the Program will not have to lodge an income tax return unless they earn other Australian sourced income.
An entity must treat a modification as not applying to it or any other entity if the modification would produce a less favourable result for it. The Commissioner is empowered by s 370-5 of Sch 1 to TAA 1953 to make modifications, by legislative instrument, to ensure the law is administered to achieve its intended purpose or object.
An entity that receives a payment of a *dividend of a company that is an Australian resident must withhold an amount from the dividend if:
(a) the entity is a person in Australia or an *Australian government agency; and
(b) a foreign resident is or becomes entitled:
(i) to receive the dividend or part of it from the entity, or to receive the amount of the dividend or of part of it from the entity; or
(ii) to have the entity credit to the foreign resident, or otherwise deal with on the foreign resident ' s behalf or as the foreign resident directs, the dividend or part of it, or the amount of the dividend or of part of it.
For limits on the amount to be withheld, see section 12-300 .
The entity must withhold the amount:
(a) if the foreign resident is so entitled when the entity receives the payment - immediately after the entity receives the payment; or
(b) if the foreign resident becomes so entitled after the entity receives the payment - immediately after the foreign resident becomes so entitled.