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Paying HECS in the UK

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From 1st January 2016, all Australian residents with an outstanding HECS-HELP debt are required to register with the Australian Tax Office if they intend to live overseas for longer than 6 months. This is to ensure that all Australians - regardless of if they are teaching in the UK or in Australia - are treated the same for HECS.

 

Until now, people who took out a HECS-HELP loan and moved overseas were under no obligation to repay their debt as long as they remained offshore residents. Now, anyone who has a HECS-HELP debt, who earns above the minimum repayment threshold, will repay their debt regardless of where they live.

 

This can be done very easily:

 

  1. Register your details with the myGov website (https://my.gov.au) , or simply click here
  2. Link your new myGov account with the Australian Tax Office (ATO)
  3. Follow the prompts!

 

We highly recommend all Australian teachers register with myGov even if they are planning on staying less than 6 months. Nearly every teacher who says they're travelling to the UK for a few months ends up staying as long as their visa will allow them, so it is better to be safe than sorry!

 

For more information please contact the local Australian team.

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