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Old Jul 13th 2020, 1:53 am
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Sorry for the boring tax question here. Wondered how you're supposed to enter "foreign employment income" (if at all) for the period before you got to Australia, that falls within the period July 1st to when you left your old country.
In my case, I got here Oct 5th, so I'm a 2019/2020 tax resident in Aus. I was still being paid in my old job before we sold up and left Canada. Do I need to report the income earned back there on the Aus tax return?
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Old Jul 13th 2020, 4:58 am
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You only need to declare income received from the time you became a tax resident in Australia.

So you don't need to declare anything earned before the day you arrived.
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Old Jul 13th 2020, 5:27 am
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Cheers Nicky, that's very helpful to know.
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Old Jul 18th 2020, 11:58 pm
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I thunk you may find such income is to be disclosed as target foreign income.

Such income is not taxable, but is to be disclosed.

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Old Jul 19th 2020, 11:30 pm
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Cheers Alan. I finally found some wording under the target foreign income guide that does seem to apply:

(https://guides.dss.gov.au/guide-soci...ection%2023AG.)

newly arrived migrants who received foreign income in the reference tax year that is not subject to tax in Australia.

I've got a feeling it isn't going to be sufficient to simply enter the target foreign income into a box and leave it at that. Probably I'll need to fill in all that other stuff about foreign tax offset limits etc as well. Might just give them a call. I'll post back when I get full instructions so it hopefully helps others.

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FYI there's no need to include a FITO - the target foreign income amount is info gathering for Centrelink purposes.

Feel able to ping a PM to me if you think you might need help with the preparation of your tax return.

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Cheers Alan. I finally found some wording under the target foreign income guide that does seem to apply:

(https://guides.dss.gov.au/guide-soci...ection%2023AG.)

newly arrived migrants who received foreign income in the reference tax year that is not subject to tax in Australia.

I've got a feeling it isn't going to be sufficient to simply enter the target foreign income into a box and leave it at that. Probably I'll need to fill in all that other stuff about foreign tax offset limits etc as well. Might just give them a call. I'll post back when I get full instructions so it hopefully helps others.
When I came back, I declared the overseas earnings (wages) for the months July-October but they were not taxed here as tax had already been paid in the UK.
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