The University of Tasmania’s Tax Clinics provide free advice and support in Hobart and Launceston for small businesses, start-ups, and entrepreneurs, as well as unrepresented, lower-income or vulnerable taxpayers.
The Hobart Tax Clinic is based on level six of the Vodafone building and is open from 12:30 pm – 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday. The Launceston Tax Clinic operates in partnership with the Northern Suburbs Community Centre and is open from 10am – 1pm on Mondays and 2 pm – 5 pm on Fridays.
“Understanding tax law, knowing what and how to claim, and going through the process of lodging a return can be quite daunting, especially if you don’t know where to start or don’t have any support,” said Head of School, Tasmanian School of Business and Economics Dr Belinda Williams.
“We are delighted to partner with the Northern Suburbs Community Centre to offer tax support in a place that provides so many essential services for the Launceston community.”
The Northern Suburbs Community Centre helps more than 1400 Tasmanians in the Launceston community each week. They specialise in individual support and connecting the community with essential services, creating opportunities for socialisation, and building local leadership.
Third-year accounting students and Master of Professional Accounting postgraduate students studying at the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics offer free advice from the clinics under supervision from experienced tax practitioners.
These students provide a range of services, including how to complete a tax return, how to respond to a notice from the Australian Tax Office, and what rights individuals have if they are unhappy with an assessment.
The University of Tasmania is one of 10 universities across Australia participating in the program this year, which is being funded by the Federal Government.