Getting a Tax File Number
Before you start working anywhere, you’re going to need a Tax File Number (TFN). A TFN is a form of identification for every taxpayer so the Australian Tax Office (ATO) can record how much tax you pay, among many other reasons. It is also used when you do your tax return at the end of the financial year.
Too bad if you’re scared of commitment, because your TFN will be with you for life. Even if you change jobs, change states, or change your name! Everyone who has a job or earns money is should have a TFN – unless you’re doing something illegal [which you shouldn’t be] – and getting a TFN could not be easier.
Obtaining a TFN when you’re still in high school is very simple. Apply through the secondary schools TFN program and all you need to show your school is a birth certificate or a passport. Check with your school to make sure they have this facility, and don’t forget to check with your parents and/or guardians too and make sure you don’t already have a TFN!
If you are already out of school, you can apply from the ATO website. Applying for a TFN online should not take more than 20 minutes, and the best thing is – you can do it from your bedroom! All you need with you when applying online is a valid passport or Australian working visa. If you don’t have a valid passport, alternatives to applying online include calling the ATO on 1300 720 092 or visiting Centrelink.
Make sure you keep your TFN in a safe place and don’t give it out over the internet. You never know when someone might want to take over your identity – seriously.