TAX TOO HIGH: Member for Page Kevin Hogan has welcomed the review into the Working Holiday Makers Tax. Photo: Adam Hourigan
TAX TOO HIGH: Member for Page Kevin Hogan has welcomed the review into the Working Holiday Makers Tax. Photo: Adam Hourigan Adam Hourigan

MP labels Backpacker tax review a win for blueberry farmers

THE Working Holiday Makers Tax is set to be reviewed.

Member for Page Kevin Hogan has welcomed the review, calling it a win for Woolgoolga farmers.

"I have previously raised concerns about the impact of tax changes for working holiday makers," Mr Hogan said.

"Many of our region's farms rely on backpackers, and it is important we don't reduce our ability to attract these workers."

Mr Hogan met with Oz Group Co-op chairman Gurmesh Singh last week to discuss the Federal Government's proposal to remove the $20,000 tax-free threshold for working holiday makers and tax them at 32.5c for every dollar of income up to $80,000.

Mr Hogan said he would be lobbying in Federal Parliament to reduce the tax rate for holiday workers to 19c to the dollar.

The review was ordered after Mr Hogan and other regional MPs raised concerns about the impact of the 2015 budget measure.

Mr Hogan said a key concern was ensuring Australia maintained a balanced and equitable approach to the tax status for workers on visas.

The Tourism Minister will now work with the Ministers for Agriculture, Employment, Immigration, Regional Development, Industry, Treasury and the Prime Minister to prepare a new proposal.

Any proposed changes from the review will take effect on July 1.



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