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 must withhold an amount from salary, wages, commission, bonuses or allowances it pays to an individual as:
(a) a member of an *Australian legislature; or
(b) a person who holds, or performs the duties of, an appointment, office or position under the Constitution or an *Australian law; or
(c) a member of the Defence Force, or of a police force of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or
(d) a person who is otherwise in the service of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or
(e) a member of a *local governing body where there is in effect, in accordance with section 446-5 , a unanimous resolution by the body that the remuneration of members of the body be subject to withholding under this Part.
For exceptions, see section 12-1 .
This section does not require an amount to be withheld from a payment to an individual as a member of a *local governing body unless it is one to which paragraph (1)(e) applies.