Australia - Potential audit of foreign nationals working in Australia by the Australian Taxation Commissioner

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The Australian Tax Commissioner has given notice (Government Gazette November 16, 2011) that he will request names and addresses of persons granted Temporary Visas between July 1, 2008 and March 31, 2011 from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

This request is ominous and may be a precursor to targeted audits of both foreign nationals and sponsoring Australian employers for compliance with both Federal income tax and compulsory Australian superannuation obligations.

Foreign nationals should be alerted of the ATO review. Employers of foreign nationals should also review the position of both secondees and local hire inpatriates.The Australian Tax Commissioner has given notice (Government Gazette November 16, 2011) that he will request names and addresses of persons granted Temporary Visas between July 1, 2008 and March 31, 2011 from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

This request is ominous and may be a precursor to targeted audits of both foreign nationals and sponsoring Australian employers for compliance with both Federal income tax and compulsory Australian superannuation obligations.

Foreign nationals should be alerted of the ATO review. Employers of foreign nationals should also review the position of both secondees and local hire inpatriates.