Applying For Your Australian Tax File Number – How To Apply For Your TFN

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Tax File Number - TFN - how to applySince arriving in Australia there are a number of forms and services we’ve had to apply for. To help you easily get on your feet when you finally arrive in Australia we’ll provide details of some of the basics. The first of which is applying for your Tax File Number.

OK, to start with what the heck is a Tax File Number (TFN) ?

A tax file number (TFN) is a unique number issued by the Tax Office in Australia. For those looking at moving to Australia from the UK, the TFN is pretty much the same as your National Insurance number.

When you move out to Australia, its pretty important to get your Tax File Number sorted sooner rather then later because without it, you’ll be charged tax at the highest rate (currently about 46%) on any earnings you’ll make whilst residing in Australia..

Only one TFN is issued to you for your lifetime. Once you have been issued with a TFN, there is no need to apply for another if your circumstances change – for example, if you move to another Australian State (e.g. from Western Australia to New South Wales), change jobs, change your name in any way , acquire investments, or claim government benefits.

Thankfully applying for your Tax File number is a pretty painless exercise. The Aussie Governments Taxation office have been kind enough to create a web site that enables you to do pretty much everything you would ever want to do online.

If you are a working holiday maker, a New Zealander (who are automatically granted a visa upon arrival), an oversees student, someone (like us) who has a permanent visa allowing you to stay in Australia indefinitely or someone with a business visa. All you need to do is pop over to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) Web site and fill in the appropriate forms.

You’ll need your passport number as this is used to verify your existence (and check your residency illegibility and an address to which the ATO can mail your taxation number out to.

The ATO asks you to allow 28 days for your Tax File number to be processed but when we applied it only took 10 days. It really is easy as that.

At time of typing the Tax file number information can be found on the ATO website by clicking here If that link doesn’t work then pop on over to the front page of the ATO web site (http://www.ato.gov.au) and select the Tax File Number option from the Forms and Services option in the main menu on the left.

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  • Chandu
    Reply

    Hi this is chandu actually my TFN was launched by some if applied for new one after enquiry how. Many days can I get it . Bcoz i have to work for Tfn

  • merry
    Reply

    hi can i apply for TFN even if im still in new zealand im not sure but im thinking of moving to live in australia but want to apply for the TFN before i get their is this possible or not thank you very much.

  • joanne
    Reply

    hi.. i am bac packing in australia leaving england on the 25th sept 09. can i apply for a TFN before i get to australia??!!

    thank you.

  • claire
    Reply

    Good day sir,

    I need to apply a TFN because i will have to work as part time at the college cafe, but I don’t know what types of TFM form I have to fill up. My situation is, I come from Philippines and I am a college student at the moment and have a fiance visa not a sudent visa.

    please give me an advice.

    thank you

  • harry
    Reply

    do i need to fill a form out to receive the $950. I work full time and make $55.000 gross a year. I did my tax return last August 08?

  • JAGDEEP SAINI
    Reply

    DEAR SIR
    I AM JAGDEEP SAINI AND HAVE ARRIVED AUSTRALIA LAST MONTH. I HAVE WRITTEN THIS APPLICATION B’COS I HAVE APPLIED FOR T10 DAYS BACK IT WAS RECEIVED BY MY LANDLORD AND BY MISTAKE HE HAD LOST IT. I AM FACING THE PROBLEM AS I AM NOT BEEN PAID WITHOUT THE TFN NO.
    KINDLY HELP ME AND DO THE NEEDFUL TO GET MY TFN NO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

    YOUR’S SINCIERELY
    JAGDEEP SAINI

    • Mark
      Reply

      Hi Jagdeep.

      best bet would be to call the australian taxation department on the details available at:

      http://www.ato.gov.au

      In the meantime you should still be able to be paid without your TFN. It will mean though that you’ll be taxed at the highest rate until you update your details with your new number.

      Hope this helps

      Regards

      Mark

  • Mark
    Reply

    Hi :)

    Does this form help?

    Click Here

    Mark

  • MHLANGA TENDAI E
    Reply

    May i have my TFN which i misplaced

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