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Aussies and Tax

Post by Splatted » Fri, 14 May 2010 9:33 pm

Can any Aussies confirm what's the tax implication of working in Singapore.

Do you have to pay tax to Australia, in addition to what you're already paying in Singapore?

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Post by Mad Scientist » Sat, 15 May 2010 4:51 pm

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You might want to read thishttp://www.guidemesingapore.com/tax/c664-singa ... -guide.htm

What I did when I was working in Australia for less than 183 days and earning income there, I declare to Oz Taxman that I will be paying tax in SG. Since my stay is less than 183 days in OZ
For the following year I was here for more than a year hence I have to pay tax in OZ, whatever residual balance of net taxable income, you have to declare it with SG Taxman. Since there were more rebate in SG compare to Oz, I did not pay any tax in SG.
So for your case since you are working here more than 183 days you pay your tax here. Try to get as much rebate until your net taxable income will be less so that OZ taxman has little to tax you.
Most of my Ozzie mates they do not pay tax in OZ as OZ taxman depends on you to declare. Unlike if you are working in UK, OZ taxman will be informed by UK Taxman directly.
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Post by aster » Sat, 15 May 2010 7:29 pm

If someone is only working in Singapore (no Aussie income) and is here for 183+ days/year then no tax should be due in OZ, right?

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Post by Mad Scientist » Sun, 16 May 2010 7:54 am

Yeah no tax due to OZ.
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Post by Nath21 » Mon, 17 May 2010 12:58 pm

Be careful on the 183 day rule, its not the only rule just the major one. For instance if I worked in Singapore for over 183 days but my family stayed in australia in our house I would be treated as an australian tax resident regardless of the 183 days spent overseas. You must have the intention to exiting australia. There is a whole raft of measures you need to do and should do to make sure your not caught ion a tax audit. Firstly if you are working overseas for 183 days and taking the family away, its best to take yourself of the electerol role, inform your bank to take withholding tax of your interest earnings (applies to non tax residents), you also have implied asset disposl for cgt purpose on your austrlian assets such as shares. If your sending money constantly home and its not paying of a mortgage or going straight into the stock market it could be proven you had the intention of returning home. I know that sounds weird but case law in this area has defined roughly a period of 2 years an enough for you to spend overseas and then change your intention to come back to Oz without it impacting your tax status.

So the general rule is if you move your family and yourself overseas and spend 183 days or more in that year, you stay away for two years or more, you show some intention that you were moving overseas permanlty, have treated your assets on leaving appropriately and your employment contract wording is ok you will be most likely treated as a non tax resident of australia. A checklist I found but heaps of other if you google
EXPATRIATE CHECKLIST - RESIDENCY FOR TAX PURPOSES

RESIDES TESTS
The Resides Test is used to determine whether you reside in Australia accordingly to the ordinary meaning of the word. Questions around a person’s behaviour and physical presence help to determine whether this test can be satisfied.
BEHAVIOUR
The ways in which you organise your domestic and economic affairs as part of your life is an influential factor in determining residency status. The following factors are taken into account to determine where you reside.
Maintenance and Location of Personal Assets
I. Will you still maintain a place of residence in Australia? (The presence of your family home may indicate that you reside in Australia)
II. Will you keep your primary personal belongings in Australia?. This may include motor vehicles, and household effects? III. Will you still maintain bank accounts in Australia? (The place where you organise your financial affairs is an indicator of where you reside).
Family and Business/Employment Ties
• On moving abroad will you still have immediate family living in Australia?. (The presence of your family may indicate that you still reside in Australia) • On moving abroad will you still have business/employment ties in Australia
Intention or Purpose of Presence
• How long do you intend to stay abroad? (Sometimes your intentions will be in contrast to your intentions as shown through your behaviour or actions ). • Will you establish a home whilst living abroad? • Will you set up bank accounts whilst living abroad? • Will you purchase any assets whilst living abroad?
Social and Living Arrangements
• Will you be playing sport in a local competition? • Will you become a member of a local community? • Will you be enrolling your children in school once abroad? • (The place where you carry out the ordinary course of your life, your actions and habits; is normally considered your country of residence).
PHYSICAL PRESENCE
The period of time that you spend in a country is not by itself, decisive in determining your residency status. Under Australian Tax Law, six months is considered to be a considerable time when deciding whether ones behaviour is consistent with residing in a country. Nevertheless nothing is to say that if your stay is less than or more than 6 months you will be, or not be considered a resident for tax purposes. Generally it is a combination of the factors of time and behaviour while in Australia that will determine residency status.
• How long have you been living in Australia, prior to living abroad?
STATUATORY TESTS
There are three statutory tests. If you do not satisfy the resides test, you may be considered a resident of Australia for taxation purposes if one of the statutory tests is satisfied.
1. THE DOMICILE TEST.
This is the first statutory test . You will be a resident in Australia if your domicile is in Australia, unless we are satisfied that your permanent place of abode is outside Australia.
• What is your domicile? Where is, considered by law ,to be your permanent residence? Even if you have no fixed place of abode, under the law you will always have a domicile. Established by common law and statutes there are three basic types of abode. I. Domicile by Origin, which is attributed to everyone at birth. For example, a nuptial child adopts the domicile of its father, an ex nuptial child that of its mother. Domicile by choice, which will be inferred by law, if there is both a change in residence and an intention of making the change permanently or at least indefinitely. Any person without a legal disability can have a domicile of choice. III. Domicile by operation of law, which is imposed by law. For example, an infants domicile is that of its parents and changes when the parents domicile changes. A married woman can acquire her own domicile, independent of her husband. The age capacity to have an independent domicile is fixed at 18 years, or when the person marries.
In most cases an Australian resident who goes to work overseas would normally have a domicile in Australia and therefore the domicile test can be applied. However, in doing so the most important consideration will therefore be determining if you have a permanent place of abode abroad.
There are no hard rules that can be used to determine your place of abode, factors taken into account include; I. Intended and actual length of stay overseas. II. Existence of established home overseas III. Existence of residence in Australia IV.
Family and Financial Ties
• Do you have a fixed habitual place of abode overseas where you will continue to stay? • Will you be moving constantly within the country?
• Will you be moving around from country to country with no fixed permanent place of abode?
2.THE 183 DAY TEST
This is the second statutory test. Under this test, to be a non resident for tax purposes it must be satisfied that your usual place of abode is outside Australia, whereas the first statutory test requires us to be satisfied that your permanent place of abode is outside of Australia.
• How many days in the financial year will you be working abroad. It is important to note that the 183 day test is in relation to the financial year not the calender year. • Do you intend to return to Australia for a certain period of time throughout the financial year?
2.THE SUPERANNUTION TEST
This is the third statutory test. This test relates to current
Commonwealth government employees. • Are you a member of a superannuation scheme established under the superannuation Act 1990?
• Are you an eligible employee for the purposes of the superannuation Act 1976”

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Re: Aussies and Tax

Post by Big Mac » Mon, 17 May 2010 5:09 pm

Splatted wrote:Can any Aussies confirm what's the tax implication of working in Singapore.

Do you have to pay tax to Australia, in addition to what you're already paying in Singapore?
I think Nath21's comprehensive post covers it all (which i have to admit i am guilty of not the full post). I think the main checklist is that if you are no longer a permanent residence for tax purposes in oz then you do not have to pay any tax in oz for income generated outside oz. However you still have to pay tax on any income generated in oz (at the different tier of non resident tax brackets). I believe Nath21 post covers the points/checklist as to what is deemed to be "non permanent resident for tax purposes" but best to be sure is to check the ATO website.

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