Players from several teams at this year’s Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand are receiving appreciably less than they hoped, as a result of a significant level of tax imposed on their match earnings by the Australian Tax Office (ATO).

All players whose teams were based in Australia for the duration of the tournament are receiving just over two-thirds of the match fees, with the ATO imposing a 32.5% withholding tax. The imposition of this tax was an integral part of the hosting agreement that Fifa agreed with the Australian government.

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