Zone Rebate Changes for FIFO Workers

5 October 2017 | Taxation

Fly In Fly Out  (FIFO) Workers & Zone Rebates

As a FIFO worker, you may be eligible for a ‘zone tax offset’ if you live or work in a remote or isolated area of Australia (but not an offshore oil or gas rig) for at least half the tax year. These offsets are designed to compensate FIFO workers as a result of the isolation, uncongenial climate and high living costs associated with living in remote locations.

Since 1 July 2015, fly-in fly-out workers and drive-in drive-out workers are excluded from the zone tax offset where their normal residence is not within a zone.

To be eligible for the zone tax offset, a taxpayer must reside or work in a specified remote area for more than 183 days in an income year.

Those FIFO workers whose normal residence is in one zone but who work in a different zone will retain the zone tax offset entitlement associated with their normal place of residence.

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