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