Tax as­sis­tance for those with low in­comes

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - News -

TAX time is well and truly un­der way and the Australian Tax­a­tion Of­fice’s (ATO) Tax Help ser­vice is as­sist­ing low-in­come earn­ers with sim­ple tax af­fairs to com­plete their tax re­turn on­line with myTax.

Tax Help vol­un­teers pro­vide a free and con­fi­den­tial ser­vice for peo­ple on low in­comes of around $60,000 or less to get their tax right.

“The ATO pro­vides Tax Help as a com­mu­nity ser­vice for Aus­tralians that may be hav­ing trou­ble lodg­ing their own tax re­turns be­cause we un­der­stand it can be a bit dif­fi­cult some­times,” as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner Kath Anderson said.

“Last year we had over 800 Tax Help vol­un­teers who worked across around 600 Tax Help cen­tres to as­sist over 33,000 in­di­vid­u­als with their tax re­turns.”

Ms Anderson is re­mind­ing tax­pay­ers that need help to check if they are el­i­gi­ble.

“The low in­come thresh­old has in­creased to $60,000 this year, so even if you weren’t pre­vi­ously el­i­gi­ble, check to see if you are this year,” Ms Anderson said.

“Tax Help vol­un­teers can help with lodg­ing and amend­ing tax re­turns on­line us­ing myTax, or to claim a re­fund of frank­ing cred­its.

“Vol­un­teers can also help you claim any de­duc­tions and off­sets you may be en­ti­tled to.”

Ms Anderson also en­cour­aged in­di­vid­u­als to try myTax out them­selves on­line be­fore vis­it­ing a Tax Help cen­tre.

“Our on­line lodg­ment tool myTax is easy and se­cure, and if you wait un­til mid-Au­gust, most of your in­for­ma­tion will be pre­filled.

“In many cases, all you will need to do is check your de­tails and hit sub­mit.”

If you’re el­i­gi­ble for Tax Help, you will need a myGov ac­count linked to the ATO.

Vol­un­teers can help you cre­ate your myGov ac­count and link it to the ATO if you haven’t done this al­ready.

To find out if you’re el­i­gi­ble for help, visit ato.gov.au/tax­help.

Tax Help will be avail­able un­til Oc­to­ber 31 in all cap­i­tal ci­ties and many re­gional ar­eas across Aus­tralia.

To make an ap­point­ment and to find your near­est Tax Help cen­tre phone us on 13 28 61.

To cre­ate a myGov ac­count be­fore vis­it­ing a Tax Help cen­tre, visit my.gov.au

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