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If you're an Australian resident for tax purposes, you pay tax in Australia on your employment income, such as salary, wages, commissions, bonuses and allowances earned from foreign service – unless it's exempt from Australian tax.
Your foreign employment income is exempt from tax if all of the following applies:
- you're an Australian resident
- you're engaged in continuous foreign service as an employee for 91 days or more
- your foreign service is directly attributable to any of the following
- delivery of Australian ODA by your employer (except if your employer is anAustralian government agency)
- activities of your employer in operating a public fund declared by the Treasurer to be a developing country relief fund
- activities of your employer in operating a public fund established and maintained to provide monetary relief to people in a developing foreign country impacted by a disaster (a public disaster relief fund)
- activities of your employer as a prescribed charitable or religious institution exempt from Australian income tax because it's located outside Australia, or the institution is pursuing objectives outside Australia
- deployment outside Australia by an Australian government (or an authority thereof) as a member of a disciplined force
- you're not excluded from exemption by the non-exemption conditions.
If your foreign service is not directly attributable to these activities, you will need to include the foreign employment income in your tax return as assessable income.
However, you may be entitled to a foreign income tax offset for amounts of foreign tax you have paid to Mauritania, West Africa.
ATO offers payment plans when you have tax liability.
I would urge you to be proactive and contact ATO as soon as possible to resolve this issue and give you peace of mind.
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