Australia - Tax Guide for Freelance Contractors
Welcome to our guide to Australian Taxation. You will find a wealth of information which will be useful if you plan to work in, or place consultants in, Australia.
Our tax guides give a general overview of the actual taxation rates and rules at the time of writing. There are of course many ways to legally reduce tax or social security burdens in Australia. Please contact us for more information or an actual breakdown of your situation, and to find out more about our range of payroll and contact management services in Australia.
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- 1.5% of taxable income for health services for Midicare for all residents.
There is no other social security levy imposed in Australia.
High Earners Surcharge
An additional surcharge fo 1% on taxable income will be due by high earners, who are not covered by private health insruance. There is no ceiling paplied ot the amount of income subject to this levy. Teh taxpayer can ask for an exemption if he gets ufficient cover from a qualifying, private and Australian health insurance company.
Most employees are covered by the superannuation legislation where the emplyoer should contribute 9% of the employee's earnings base to a superannuation fund.
Expatriates who wish to remain within their own home country social security scheme may do so for a limited period if Australia has a totalisation Agreement with the home country.