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Backpacker tax ruled ‘valid’ by Federal Court, denying 75,000 working holiday-makers money from the ATO – ABC News

The Australian Tax Office wins its appeal against an October court decision, the full bench of the Federal Court today ruling Australia’s tax on working holiday-makers is valid.

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In a win for the Australian Tax Office (ATO), a full bench of the Federal Court has ruled the controversial backpacker tax is valid.
Key points:

  • The Federal Court has now ruled the backpacker tax is valid
  • This decision overturns a previous ruling from October that said the tax was discriminatory
  • The ATO continues to apply the 15 per cent tax

In October last year, the Federal Court decided the tax was a “form of discrimination based on nationality”.
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