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 limits the extent to which section 12-140 applies to a payment in respect of a *Part VA investment if the investment is a qualifying security (within the meaning of Division 16E of Part III of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (about gains accruing on securities)) and:
(a) is of a kind mentioned in item 1 or 2 of the table in subsection 202D(1) of that Act; or
(b) is of a kind mentioned in item 3 of that table and is non-transferable.
Section 202D of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 lists the investments in connection with which tax file numbers are to be quoted.12-150(2)
Section 12-140 applies to the payment only to the extent that is covered by one or both of these paragraphs:
(a) so much of the payment as consists of periodic interest (within the meaning of Division 16E of Part III of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 );
(b) if the payment became payable at the end of the term (within the meaning of that Division) of the investment - so much of the payment as does not exceed what section 159GQ of that Act would include in the *investor ' s assessable income for the income year in which that term ended.
This limitation ensures that an amount is not withheld from payment of an amount in respect of which TFN withholding tax is payable. See Subdivision 14-B .12-150(3)
The adoption (under section 18 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 ) of an accounting period ending on a day other than 30 June is disregarded for the purposes of:
(a) paragraph (2)(b) of this section; and
(b) the application of Division 16E of Part III of that Act for the purposes of that paragraph.