The Federal Government proposes to change the tax rules for working holiday makers (known as "backpackers") in July.
Under the change, all backpackers on temporary work visas would be treated as non-residents for tax purposes, and would be taxed at the marginal rate of 32.5 cents for every dollar earned. (Currently, some backpackers are eligible for the tax-free threshold if they stay in Australia fore more than six months and are therefore treated as 'residents' for tax purposes).
Cotton Australia believes these tax changes have the potential to impact growers and the industry - it would discourage backpackers from coming to Australia, remove workers from the labour pool, and reduce spending in communities we support.
In conjunction with the NFF and its allies, Cotton Australia has launched a campaign which calls on politicians to oppose the tax.
Here's how you can help:
- Sign the online petition - raise your concern by supporting this online petition (click here to see the petition: www.change.org/p/australian-government-stop-the-backpacker-tax), and share it amongst your colleagues and friends. The petition already has more than 26,000 signatures, but the more people sign, the more successful our campaign will be.
- Write a letter to your local Federal member - CGAs have been encouraged to write letters, but it's important that individuals in rural areas also write to politicians. Sample letters - and names and addresses of politicians in your electorates - are listed below. Download the letter, amend it to your needs, and send it to your local politician to let them know your concerns.
- Are you a backpacker? If so, participate in the 'Working Holiday Visa Tax Survey' organised by work & travel company Bute Street. Click here to participate in the survey.
If we work together, we can keep backpackers coming to support our cotton growers and the industry.