The United States and Australia have signed a social security agreement that helps protect the social security benefits of citizens of both countries who have worked in both countries.
Under this agreement, U.S. citizens who have worked in Australia may be able to receive benefits from both the U.S. Social Security Administration and the Australian Department of Human Services. Similarly, Australian citizens who have worked in the United States may also be able to receive benefits from both countries.
The agreement also helps eliminate dual social security taxation, meaning that individuals who work in both countries will not be subject to paying social security taxes to both countries. Instead, they will only be required to pay taxes to the country in which they are currently working.
To be eligible for benefits under this agreement, there are certain requirements that must be met. For example, U.S. citizens must have earned at least six U.S. Social Security credits in order to be eligible for benefits from either country. Australian citizens must also meet certain requirements under the Australian social security system in order to be eligible for benefits.
It`s important to note that the agreement does not cover all types of social security benefits, and there may be certain restrictions or limitations depending on an individual`s specific situation. For example, some benefits may only be payable if a person has lived or worked in one of the countries for a certain period of time.
Overall, the U.S.-Australia social security agreement is designed to help protect the social security benefits of citizens who have worked in both countries. If you are a U.S. citizen who has worked in Australia or an Australian citizen who has worked in the United States, it may be worth looking into how this agreement could potentially benefit you.