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.
This section applies if:
(a) a *Part VA investment consists of units in a unit trust (as defined in section 202A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 ); and
(b) the *investor becomes presently entitled, for the purposes of Division 6 of Part III of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 , to a share of income of the trust at a time (the entitlement time ) before any of that share is paid to the investor. 12-145(2)
The entity (including the *investment body) that would have to pay that share to the *investor if the share were due and payable at the entitlement time must withhold from the share, at that time, the amount (if any) that subsection 12-140(2) would have required it to withhold if it had paid the share to the investor at that time. 12-145(3)
This Part (except section 12-140 and this section) applies as if that entity had paid that share to the *investor at the entitlement time. 12-145(4)
If that entity withholds an amount from that share as required by subsection (2), subsection 12-140(2) does not require an amount to be withheld from a payment of all or part of that share to the *investor.