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Navigating expatriate tax issues: Arrivals paper


In the current war for talent, employers are looking overseas for their recruitment of skilled labour to fill long and short term needs and many foreign nationals are seeking Australia as an attractive place to work and/ or retire. This paper looks at the tax issues individuals face when transferring or relocating to Australia either temporarily or permanently.

Topics covered include:

  • determining residency status for Australian and home country purposes
  • the application of the double tax agreements, claiming exemptions and foreign tax credits
  • taxation of personal income, capital gains, overseas investments and foreign currency transactions
  • Medicare and Australian "social security" such as FTB, baby bonus
  • Australian superannuation and foreign superannuation funds
  • impact of type of visa and an application for permanent residency/citizenship
  • repatriation or retirement?

Author profiles

Belinda Marschke
Belinda is a Director at KPMG working in the International Executive Services Group of the Tax Division. In her current and previous roles, Belinda has had significant experience in both client facing roles as well as practice support roles and has worked in both accounting and law firms. In her previous role as a practice manager in a top tier law firm, Belinda gained extensive experience in the hands-on running of a practice. In her client facing roles in Big 4 accounting firms, Belinda faced the demands of running a successful practice, whilst balancing the demands of her clients as well as the demands of juggling family life. - Current at 12 August 2014
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Alana Haiduk
Alana is a Director in PwC’s Private Clients practice in Brisbane. She is the team leader of the Brisbane International Assignment Solutions, Payroll Services and Employment Taxes teams. She has more than 11 years experience with PwC. Alana is responsible for the administration of a number of large expatriate programs and has considerable experience advising clients on general employment issues such as superannuation, fringe benefits tax and payroll tax - Current at 17 February 2011
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