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Australia – Government Departments Data Sharing

On 5 August 2015 The Australian Taxation Office announced a Data Matching Program with the Department of Immigration aimed at ensuring, inter alia, that visa holders and their sponsors comply with their obligations to pay tax in Australia. Potential risk areas for employers include overseas domiciled sponsors of 457 visa holders, and Australian-domiciled sponsors that are subsidiaries of overseas corporations, for example with payrolls for which some part is paid overseas.

In addition the taxation affairs of sponsored employees can also be expected to be checked.

We recommend sponsoring organisations obtain appropriate tax advice.