A Pinoy’s Guide to Living in Australia: Applying for a Tax File Number in Australia

  Getting settled in a new home can be difficult, particularly if your new home is thousands of miles away from “home.” Establishing a new life in Australia can be challenge—but hey! What are we Filipinos especially known for? (No, I meant something aside from kagandahan at busilak na puso.)   Resilience! Adjusting to your new life might not come easy but you’ll find a lot of people who will be willing to help—the Filipino community in Australia is amazingly huge! Plus, you’ll find a lot of blogs (like iRemit’s), online forums, and discussion boards that are dedicated to helping Filipinos who are living in Australia.   One of the things you need to do upon arriving in Australia is to apply for a tax file number. (No, you do not need to apply immediately after arriving at the airport. Unpack your bags and get some rest, first.)   A tax file number (TFN) is your personal reference number. It is issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for superannuation and taxation purposes. Its function is similar to the tax identification number (TIN) issued by the Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). But, unlike in the Philippines, you will not be required to provide a TFN to be able to work in Australia. Without a TFN, however, you will be subjecting yourself to higher taxes. A TFN is also required for you to be eligible for certain government benefits.   You will only be issued one TFN during your entire stay in Australia. You do not need to apply for a new TFN if your circumstances have changed. However, you will need to update your details with ATO. You can update the following details in person or through mail or phone:  
  • Name

  • Gender

  • Date of Birth

  • Address

  • Contact Details

  • Nominated Representative

We put together this infographic to further help you in applying for a TFN:

TFN A Pinoy’s Guide to Living in Australia: Applying for a Tax File Number in Australia

A Filipino’s Guide to Getting a Tax File Number

For more information, you may contact the Australian Taxation Office at 13 28 61. You can also go to https://iar.ato.gov.au/ for more details.   References:   https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Tax-file-number/Applying-for-a-TFN/Permanent-migrants-or-temporary-visitors/ https://www.ato.gov.au/Forms/TFN—application-for-individuals/ https://iar.ato.gov.au/IARWeb/default.aspx?pid=4&sid=1&outcome=1  
Rica J

I am a mother, a wife and a technology loving Filipina who loves reading hi-fiction books (dragons!) , good stories, dancing, laughter, lying on the grass and eating balut. I am born and raised in the Philippines and now resides in Australia but finds myself in the Philippines for at least 3 months a year. I am part of the Filipino Australian Community and have been living between Australia and the Philippines since 2007.


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