ANU students will provide help to underrepresented people with their tax affairs at four new clinics opening in Canberra.

The ANU Tax Clinics, launched yesterday, are a partnership with Anglicare, Belconnen Community Centre and Woden Community Centre, and form part of a national trial to help people understand their tax obligations and navigate the Australian taxation system.

The students, all studying accounting at the ANU College of Business and Economics, have been competitively chosen to work in the clinics and will be supervised and mentored by practicing tax accountants.

Access to the ANU Tax Clinics will be reserved for people who meet all the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Currently unrepresented (do not have a tax agent);
  2. Are an individual and not operating a business;
  3. Have a pre-tax combined family income below the threshold of $60,000; and
  4. Reside in the ACT area

Taxpayers will receive information such as on applying for a Tax File Number, as well as using MyGov and lodging tax returns.

The tax clinic program is also run in other states by nine other universities and is funded by the Australian Government.


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