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Old 05-07-2010, 01:38 PM
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Well, if you wish to pursue permanent residency via your skills assessment, I am currently doing the same. My advice is this: Schedule your IELTS exam (English Language Assessment) and find out what you need to be certified in your skills area, and do that. Those are the first two steps to a skilled work visa, and they are not too expensive.

Once those steps are complete, you can assess the situation and decide on whether applying for the >$2k visa is the right next step!

Good luck. I am (hopefully) finishes with all my 175 visa related expenses and it has cost be about $3500 USD so far.

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And is that right nighstar re having to file a tax return in the US, even if you do not reside there but just maintain citizenship?
And do they actually have a tax rate for the absentees?
Here in Australia, if you have earnt some income within a year overseas and paid tax overseas but are still residing in Australia, there'll be some form of allowance re tax paid overseas.
It may depend on international agreement between countries.
Yes, US citizens still have to file taxes while abroad. Whether or not their foreign income will be taxable in America is another matter. As you said, it depends on agreements between the countries.

I've lived in Japan for going on 3 years now and have had to file taxes in America every year. Before coming I applied for and received a certificate which I then filed in Japan which exempted me from being taxed in Japan for 2 years. Since I've been here for longer than 2 years, my income is now taxed in Japan and I will have to apply for a tax refund once I leave if I want that money back.

I don't know if this kind of thing exists between America and Australia...

As for my foreign income being taxed in America, I'm not entirely sure as I've never done my taxes myself. I remember owing the US government money last year, but I can't remember the reason...

Anyway, I'm hoping that any income I have in Australia wont be double taxed.... I've heard that tax refunds are available when you leave Australia, but I don't know the details. Either way, refund or not, being taxed twice would suck....

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Old 05-08-2010, 12:16 AM
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Anyway, I'm hoping that any income I have in Australia wont be double taxed.... I've heard that tax refunds are available when you leave Australia, but I don't know the details. Either way, refund or not, being taxed twice would suck....
Apologies too Warrior for highjack or sidetrack but all a little relevant to your taxation question
What you may have heard of is posibly based on that WHV people when they come to Australia, just like any Australian here is obliged to put in a tax return at the end of a financial year [ and you can do it earlier if leaving the country ]

As I've indicated to Brian there is the normal resident tax rate and then one for non residents, but putting in a tax return does not mean an automatic refund for the return is a case of saying you have paid X ammount of tax [ backed by certificates ] and based on what you should have paid, there'll be a refund or not.

I have read of some taxation agents [ possibly a bit dodgy ] offering services [ for a fee ] where they claim to get you a refund and have also heard that this claim may be based on them advising people to just nominate in their return that they were resident for taxation purposes.

The Australian tax system is very much one where a return is taken at face value and cheating would only be caught up with where an audit on particular groupings is carried out, so if someone has been taxed at the higher non resident rate and then submits a return claiming to be a resident and that a lower rate should have applied, the system calculates a refund.
Mind you, I've also heard of people overseas getting a please explain letter!
Meanwhile agent keeps his fee and nose supposedly clean because when a tax return is submitted, it is the tax payer who signs what is claimed is true.

What can be claimed back without doubt after departing Australia is the employer Superannuation payment for the employee of 9% of wages paid.

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