How do I determine my tax residency in Australia?

One of the most important factors influencing how backpackers are taxed in Australia is their place of residence.

In reality, it's simple to determine whether you're a resident or a non-resident for tax purposes.

To comply with local tax law, all temporary visa holders entering Australia must pay the non-resident rate of tax for the first six months.

While this means you'll pay a higher tax rate than a resident, it's critical to follow Australian tax law and avoid being left with a tax liability when you leave Australia.

Will my tax residency status in Australia affect my tax refund?

If you become an Australian resident for tax purposes, you may be entitled to a refund of the higher-rate tax you paid as a non-resident.

A number of factors, including how long you've been in the country and your behaviour while there, will determine if you're an Australian resident for tax purposes.

For example, if you visit Australia for more than six months and live in the same place, establishing ties with the local community, you will most likely be considered an Australian resident for tax purposes.

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