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High Court strikes down ‘backpacker tax’



An English waitress who took the Australian Taxation Office to the High Court has won her battle over the so-called backpacker tax.

An English waitress who took the Australian Taxation Office to the High Court has won her battle over the so-called backpacker tax.

Catherine Addy claimed she had been discriminated against because of her British nationality when she was made to pay a higher tax rate.

Under controversial rules introduced by the government in 2017, working holiday-makers must pay a 15 per cent levy on income up to $37,000.

The High Court on Wednesday ruled in Ms Addy’s favour, finding the levy contravened a tax treaty with the United Kingdom.

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