Advice Please, In OZ on Partner (Provisional) Visa, Still working for my UK company remotely in Visa Chat Posted December 8, 2016 · Edited December 8, 2016 by Bungo Hi there, I was just looking for some advice, I think I have a complex issue, I have moved to Australia last month, I married an Australian Citizen and am here on a provisional Partner Visa, which should turn into a Partner (Permanent) Visa in June 2017. Although I have moved to Australia I have managed to keep my UK job as I can do my work remotely via the Internet, As it stands I am still getting paid into my UK bank account and I am a PAYE employee with the TAX and National Insurance being deducted automatically by the UK tax authorities, I've only been paid once since being here but when I did I just transferred my wages (after Tax, NI & Pension were deducted in the UK) to my Australian bank account which I set up with the Commonwealth Bank. My job now want to re negotiate my contract and have offered to pay me into my Australian Bank account, they want me to negotiate my wage with them, My contract will also end with them and they want me to continue working for them as a contractor, this will mean the company I work for will no longer have to pay National Insurance or Pension contributions, I'm assuming they do end up paying me direct into my Australian Bank this then by-passes HMRC altogether and I would have to be registered as self employed here and be responsible for declaring that income coming into my Australian account to the Australian Tax authorities. My question is am I considered a resident on the Visa I have, I checked my VISA status and it says length of my visa is indefinite. I want to know if I'm going to be taxed as a foreign resident or a normal resident, This makes it hard for me to negotiate my wage with my company if I don't know what rate of tax I will have to pay here. What ever figure I negotiate on I will have to take Tax out of here in Aus but there is other things like "super" my UK company will no longer be paying me a pension and I will be a contractor, there for I'm guessing they do not have to pay any super for me and I wouldn't even know how that would work, Do i Negotiate slightly more saying I don't have a pension anymore and I'm going to have to pay into a Super fund out of what ever salary is agreed apon too? I used the simple tax calculator on the ATO website to get a rough Idea how much tax ill be paying but for the first year I would of only been here 6 months of the tax year and for the first 2 months of that my income was being taxed in the UK, so is the tax rate higher? and I still don't know if ill have to pay the higher foreign rate of tax? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I have applied for a TFN number but that will take 28days to arrive and what do I do after it does, plus my company want to negotiate with me in the next couple of days, basically I need to come up with a figure that takes all these things into consideration and put it to them and see if they accept it, they will already be saving money as they will no longer be paying NI or pension contributions, I just don't know what to do yet. Many Many thanks Regards Rickie Do not confuse visa status with tax status, they are not the same thing. You are tax resident in Australia. Your company are correct to want to renegotiate the terms of your contract, they are incurring employer NI that they do not need to pay as you are not a UK based employee any longer. Ideally you and they would have looked into his before you moved as you also have incurred NI that you didn't need to pay and probably will not manage to get back. That at is because all of your employment income is taxable in Australia, from the day you arrived. That you have paid UK tax on it is irrelevant to ATO as they have first dibs on the tax from your employment. You should look to get tax back from HMRC. I would suggest the easiest way to do that would be through adjusting the employment income reported on your tax return to HMRC at the end of the year. When you prepare your Australian tax return you need to included these first two months of income gross and pay Australian tax. In terms of negotiating, well yes it would be sensible to factor in pension and the loss of any other benefits you had previously. I would also research the job market and provide evidence of salaries for similar jobs. My main advice is not to put any emphasis on the current exchange rate because it does not reflect respective purchasing power, that is £1 in UK will go further than $1.69 in Australia. On average you would need at least $2 for every £ you think your would need to make up for current salary and lost benefits. I would focus on those types of things and not get too hung up on tax rates. Although Australia has different bands and personal allowances, on the whole, most people end up with a very similar effective rate of tax whether in Australia or UK. Certainly it doesn't differ so much as to be something you need the spend a lot of time on. ETA: Sorry just realised you are probably negotiating a rate based in £? In which case my comments on $ are irrelevant, although personally, I would prefer to negotiate in $ so that I know exactly what I am getting.