ATO publishes guidance for Australian Expats on COVID19
26 March 2020
The ATO has published guidance on tax residency issues for Australian expatriates returning to Australia because of the COVID19 crisis. The question is whether an expat who is forced back to Australia because of the COVID19 pandemic would be treated as resident.
The ATO has published limited guidance for Australian expatriates who may have been forced back to Australia because of COVID19.
The ATO's position presently is that an Australian non-resident who is temporarily in Australia because of COVID-19 will not become an Australian resident provided that they usually live overseas and they intend to return to their overseas home as soon as they are able to.
However, they indicate also that tax residency issues will become more complicate if the non-resident ends up staying for a lengthy period and the non-resident does not plan to return to their overseas home.
Accountants can read more detailed analysis of the issues in our blog on this issue.