Have you been on a working holiday? Here’s how to claim your tax back!

Have you been on an overseas working holiday?

If so, it’s likely you paid tax while you were employed abroad.

The good news is that you may be due a significant tax refund!

In this guide, we’ll look at everything you need to know to claim a tax refund from Australia, Canada, New Zealand or the US.

Do I have a tax filing responsibility?

Yes, if you earned an income while working in any of these countries, you will be obliged to file a tax return.

A significant amount of working holidaymakers are due tax refunds when they file their tax return.

This could be down to a variety of reasons such as, if you were taxed incorrectly, or at a higher rate.

How much tax could I be due?


In Australia, the average tax refund a customer receives with Taxback.com is AUS$2,600!

Of course, this will change from person-to-person as each individual’s circumstances are different.


In Canada, the average refund for working holidaymakers with Taxback.com is $998.

New Zealand

In New Zealand, our average refund for a working holidaymaker is $550.


Our average refund in the US is $800.

So, you can see just why it could be well worth your time to check out what you are owed.

After all, why leave all that cash with the taxman?!

How many years can I go back to claim my refund and what is the tax deadline?

It makes sense to apply for a refund for all the years you were present in the country, as it may maximise any tax refund you are due.


When claiming your Australian tax refund, you could potentially go as far back as 2008. However, with payment documents, Taxback.com may be able to go back further!

There is no definitive year that this stops but after an extended period of time your Tax File Number will be deactivated, making it much harder to link your individual case to the Australian Tax Office website.

You’ll need to file your Australian tax deadline on or before 31 October every year.


In Canada, you can go as far back as six years to claim a tax refund.

You’ll need to file your Canadian tax return on or before 30 April every year.

New Zealand

Much like Australia, Taxback.com can go as far back as 2008 with the right documents.

These include either your Summary of Earnings or your final payslip.

The tax deadline falls on 7 July in New Zealand every year.


You can go back as far as four years to claim your US tax refund.

In the US, the tax deadline falls on the 15 April every year, so you will need to file before this date to get your tax refund.

It’s vital that you file your tax return before the deadline, no matter what country you are in or risk incurring late filing penalties.

If you worked in the US on a working holiday visa, you must file a tax return for that year. Failure to do so could harm your chances of success with future visa or Green Card applications.

Who can help me with my tax return?

SeasonWorkers.com has partnered with Taxback.com to help you to claim your tax refund.

Their experienced tax team will take all the stress out of filing your tax return, managing all the paperwork, while ensuring you get as much tax back as possible.

Every single person who uses the Taxback.com services has a personal account manager assigned to look after their tax return.

How much do Taxback.com charge?

Tax Refund Fee

Click here to find out the tax refund fee for your country!

I have more tax questions! What should I do?

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