Citrus Farmers Fear Backpacker Tax

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Submissions have now closed for the government’s review of the 32.5% working holiday visa tax rate, to be officially released in mid October. However, will the high rate force backpackers to leave Australia and find work elsewhere? Christine Byllaardt reports.
Submissions have now closed for the federal government’s review of the 32.5% working holiday visa tax rate, to be officially released in mid October.
 
The plan for the new tax rollout is to take place in January 2017, but with such a high figure on the table – regional communities around Australia are beginning to fear the worst.
 
Backpackers have made it clear that the new tax rate will force them to take their tourism to other working holiday destinations, which threatens millions of dollars of loss to Australia’s economy. 
 
Christine Byllaardt reports.