Stars of Mrs Brown’s Boys to enjoy bumper Australian rebate for overpaid tax on live dates in Oz - Mrs Brown's Boys

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Stars of Mrs Brown’s Boys to enjoy bumper Australian rebate for overpaid tax on live dates in Oz

 THE cast of Mrs Brown's Boys are in D’Money from D’Under.

Insiders have revealed the actors from the hit comedy can expect a bumper rebate from Australian authorities in the coming weeks for overpaid tax on live dates in Oz.


Mrs Brown’s Boys cast as non-residents would have been hit for Australian Withholding Tax of which visiting artists often get overchargedCredit: BBC


The hit comedy has toured Australia three times in recent years and their first sold out 48 date arena tour in 2014 recorded profits of €3.18m.

Mrs Brown’s Boys toured Oz again in 2016, and 2018, to even larger audiences and bigger box office receipts.

OZ TAX

But the Irish cast as non-residents would have been hit for Australian Withholding Tax which would have seen 30 per cent of their tour money stopped.

An industry source told us: “Visiting artists often get overcharged because the tax has been calculated on their gross income and when the expenses they incurred are factored in, it turns out they have overpaid the Australian taxman and a rebate will be issued to them.”

The Irish actors will also be reimbursed for deductions made for PRSI in Australia which as non-residents in Australia they don’t have to pay.

The source said: “It’s impossible to put a figure on it but let’s say it will be a nice surprise for the cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys if it lands this side of Christmas.”

CHRISTMAS SPECIALS

Meanwhile, the entire cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys — including star Brendan O’Carroll — have tested negative for Covid-19 and can now begin rehearsals together in BBC Glasgow for two Christmas specials.

Dermot O’Neill, who plays Grandad in the hit show, told the Irish Sun last night that fans can look forward to a festive cracker.

He said: “As soon as we landed in Glasgow last Monday, we were taken straight to the BBC where everyone was tested.

“We then had to go back to our apartments after that and await the results. It took a day or two but we got the news we were all clear.

“Not just the cast, but the crew as well — so it means we can now all get together and rehearse.”

Dermot said: “Brendan came home and was in Dublin for the last few weeks self-isolating.

The entire cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys have tested negative for Covid-19 and can now begin rehearsals for two Christmas specials


“He’s over here now and delighted that everybody is clear and we can go ahead with rehearsals.”

He added: “It took about an hour between setting up and making sure everybody was on the Zoom.

“It worked — but you’d miss the craic of being together with everybody and the slagging that would go on.”


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