Australian Federal Court backs 2019 ruling the controversial ‘backpacker tax’ invalid

Jane Cooper 10 November, 2021

Following an appeal by the ATO, the Australian High Court has today reaffirmed a court ruling from October 2019 which stated that the ‘Backpacker Tax’ cannot be levied on citizens from certain foreign countries, namely UK, the US, Germany, Finland, Chile, Japan, Norway and Turkey.

What does this ruling mean for Backpackers?

If you visited Australia as a working holidaymaker between 2017 – 2020, it’s highly likely that you will be entitled to a significant tax refund as a result of this case!

Put simply, if you think you have been affected by the Backpacker Tax, you should contact GM Tax.

Backpackers from other countries:

We anticipate that there will be further developments in this case which will affect backpackers from other countries.