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.
The Commissioner may give an entity a written certificate exempting the entity from complying with section 12-330 for specified payments. 12-335(2)
A certificate is subject to:
(a) a condition that the entity must withhold from a payment covered by the certificate the amount (if any) worked out in accordance with the certificate in respect of tax or *petroleum resource rent tax that is or may become payable by a foreign resident to whom the payment is made; and
(b) such other conditions as the certificate specifies.
However, the entity does not contravene subsection 12-330(1) because it contravenes a condition.
The Commissioner may, by written notice given to the entity:
(a) revoke a certificate, whether or not a condition of it has been contravened; or
(b) vary a certificate by revoking, changing or adding to its conditions.
A person who is dissatisfied with a decision under this section may object against the decision in the manner set out in Part IVC .