Free tax help in six locations

ATO tax helpATO tax help capacity has enlisted volunteers to assist others lodge their returns

With tax time well underway, the ATO has opened up its Tax Help service across community centres in Gosford, Green Point, Kariong, Kincumber, Narara and Wyoming.

Assistant Commissioner Mr Graham Whyte said that about 300 volunteers from 240 community centres across New South Wales will be supporting people who need assistance completing their tax returns this year. “We know that for many Australians, doing their own tax return can be a bit difficult, that’s why we have Tax Help,” Mr Whyte said. “Tax Help is a free and confi dential service provided by ATO-trained and accredited local volunteers.

“Tax Help volunteers can help you complete a simple tax return online with myTax, claim a refund of franking credits, or notify the ATO if you don’t need to lodge a tax return at all,” he said. Mr Whyte said the Tax Help service was available to people earning around $50,000 or less each year with straightforward tax affairs. “There are several criteria that you need to meet to be eligible for Tax Help. “These include not having worked as a contractor, run a business, and sold shares,” he said. A full list of criteria is available on the ATO website. To check your eligibility and make an appointment, call 13 28 61.

Media release, Aug 25, 2016 Australian Tax Office