Backtrack on backpacker tax opens way for 15pc compromise

THE FEDERAL government may pass its controversial backpacker tax this week after agreeing to a compromise that would see the tax set at a new rate of 15 per cent. The compromise position was reached today after SA senator Nick Xenophon, Victorian senator Derryn Hinch and senators from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party indicated they would support it. Initially the government had proposed in the 2015 budget a 32.5pc tax for seasonal workers that was strongly opposed by the farming sector. It subsequently changed its position to calling for the tax to be 19pc which it tried to get through…

Source: Grain Central
Backtrack on backpacker tax opens way for 15pc compromise