Tax hike hits Tas berry pickers

Berry pickers hit by tax hike


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A TAX hike on foreign workers could have an impact on Tasmania's peak berry picking seasons but will not have the same dire effect as on the mainland if it goes ahead in the next financial year.

A TAX hike on foreign workers could have an impact on Tasmania's peak berry picking season. 

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TAX HIKE: Foreign backpackers may skip Tasmania.

TAX HIKE: Foreign backpackers may skip Tasmania.

Some working holidaymakers may choose to go berry picking around New Zealand. according to Christmas Hills Tasmanian Berries manager Andrew Terry. With the federal government's proposed tax hike expected to take effect on July 1, will not be seen until next season. But Mr Terry said he had already heard some of his regular workers say they were thinking of "skipping across the ditch. – it's a fair chunk of their money that will be taxed."

At present, working holiday visa holders are eligible for the same tax-free threshold as Australian workers, and they can earn up to $18,200 without paying tax. Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) vegetable council chairman Nathan Richardson said it could lead to possibilities for local workers. "The positive side there could be good job opportunities for people throughout Tasmania," he said."

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