Get your TFN to start working in Australia.
TFN is your personal preference number for lodging your tax and super in Australia. This helps to create a unique identity for you, so it is important to keep it safe. Your TFN will always remain the same even if there is a change in your name or address. Both individuals and organisations are issued this number by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to help manage their tax and government obligations.
TFN helps you to pay the exact amount of taxes, to start and change jobs easily, claim a refund, and avail many other benefits. If you do not have it the Australian Government will tax you at a massive 48.5% instead of the usual tax ratebetween 15% to 32.50%. You will also require a TFN to obtain an ABN (Australian Business Number) if you are running your own business. This also enables you to receive HELP payment, join a superfund, use PAYG withholding, etc.
As a temporary visitor, you must meet three specific conditions to apply for a TFN online, which are as follows:
A visa allowing you to stay in Australian indefinitely (including New Zealanders automatically granted a visa on arrival).
As a backpacker, you need to provide the following documents to obtain your TFN:
Your TFN should take between 2–4 weeks to arrive. You do not have to wait for your TFN to arrive before starting any employment, once you have applied you will be given a temporary number.
After receiving your Tax File Number it’s important that you keep it secure by: