Due to the threat of huge fines on employers for cash-in-hand labour, it’s difficult to avoid paying income tax, which is levied at 29 percent for earnings under $35,000 per annum and deducted at source. To become part of the system you’ll need a tax file number (form available at post offices or taxation offices), which is easy to obtain on presentation of a passport with a relevant visa. Your employer will give you a couple of weeks’ grace, after which you’ll be taxed at 47 percent. Nowadays, it’s hard to claim a tax rebate, no matter how little you earn; however, it’s worth a try, and possibly a trip to a tax advisor. Alternatively, go to w, which offers a hassle-free service to reclaim tax and superannuation refunds.

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