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Old 08-22-2010, 10:35 AM
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Visa / Tax question with 417

Hello all,

I currently work from home and I am curently in Australia on the Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417). However I still work for an irish company and still pay irish tax. I didnt see this as an issue but my current employers are adamant to find out if my working status is 100% legit. I cant find any info on this with the visa or the T&C. Does anyone know were I can find more details on this issue or who I would contact (in Melbourne ATM).

Any feed back on this are most welcome.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 08-23-2010, 02:22 AM
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Australian Taxation Office Homepage has a fair bit of information.
An Australian resident is liable for tax on income earnt overseas if they are resident in Australia within the tax year, there being offset provisions etc.
I'm not a taxation expert but I'd expect that unless you were considered to be resident for taxation purposes [ and there is provision for that you'll find ] it'll be likely that you're not liable for taxation for what you're doing for the Irish company.

As to your situation otherwise being legit, your WHV has no restrictions on what type of work you can do other than you not working for one employer for any longer than six months and they're really not interested in what relationship you still have with an employer overseas.
Is it the Irish company that has a concern?
And regardless, it might be sufficient to just show that the visa is for Australia and it's what happens in Australia if it is how immigration view you working here is their concern.
If it's the taxation, just show the requirements to be considered resident for taxation purposes and let them know you'll not be applying though it is a company here that is concerned, there is possibly a financial benefit for you to be resident for taxation purposes.
You'd need to look at your total taxation situation re what you pay in Ireland and whether you'd be laiable here and what the offset provision would be etc.
But on say $20,000 earnt here, the difference between non resident and resident tax could be about $4000.

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