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The UTS Tax Help Centre is open to UTS staff and students, who have earned less than $50,000 for the tax year 2015-2016 and who have a straight-forward income schedule (from salaries, interest and dividends) for the year. Our Centre offers free assistance to those who are eligible, in the Spring semester each year. We are open from 1 August to 31 October 2016.
Our Tax Help Centre is run by UTS Financial Assistance together with the ATO Tax Help Program. Our consultants are trained and accredited by the Australian Tax Office (ATO), Tax Help Program, and are volunteer students selected from UTS Accounting, Business and Law programs.
The service is provided free-of-charge .
Our volunteers can:
- help you submit your current tax return
- show you how to submit your own tax returns for future years
- work out if a tax return is necessary in your case.
We can’t help you with:
- business tax returns
- partnership and trust matters
- capital gains tax
- rental properties.
In some cases, low income earners do not need to lodge a tax return. If it is not necessary, and you lodged a return last year, it is important for the ATO to know this. You can speak to one of our volunteers about non-lodgement.
Overseas students who are temporary residents and enrolled in a course that is more than six-months long are generally taxed as an Australian Resident. If you are leaving Australia permanently, you can lodge your tax return with the ATO before the end of the financial year (30 June), and can apply for the repayment of any superannuation contributions made by your employer. Temporary residents should complete the 'Departing Australia Superannuation Payment' (DASP) with the ATO to reclaim their superanuation contributions.
You are eligible to access the service if you are an international student, an Australian citizen, permanent resident, on any work-permitting visa or humanitarian visa;
and your income was received through:
- Australian government benefits and allowances, such as unemployment, Youth Allowance, Aus/Abstudy or sickness benefits
- salary or wages
- managed funds
If in doubt, please refer to the ATO Tax Help Centre Client Eligibilty Flowchart (PDF 63KB, one page).
What documents to bring
To prepare your tax return, you must bring the information as itemised (PDF 62KB, one page) to the appointment.
To lodge your tax return you are required to set up a MyGov account. If you have not already registered your personal online MyGov account, we will assist you.
1. Your Tax File Number
2. A valid, personal email address
Provide any 2 items of the following documents which will enable the link between your MyGov account to your ATO service:
- Your Bank account details (if you have received a bank transfer from a previous tax return to this account)
- Your Superannuation account details (one from the last 5 years)
- Your PAYG Payment Summary (one from the last 2 years)
If you are unable to bring two of the above requirements, then please bring
1. Your passport
Where and when to find us
The service opens on 01 August 2016, ending 30 October 2016.
We’re located at the Student Services Unit, Level 6, Tower Building. To make a booking, call 9514 1177.
Here are some volunteer organisations that can help with tax close to the UTS City campus. You’ll need to contact the organization and make an appointment.
|Who and Where||Contact details|
Harris Community Centre
|Tanya Plibersek MP Offices|
150 Broadway, Chippendale
Australian Chinese Community Association
|City of Sydney, Glebe Neighbourhood Centre|
Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Rd, Glebe
|South Sydney Community Aid|
180 George Street, Redfern
|Newton Neighbourhood Centre|
1 Bedford Street, Newtown
Walla Mulla Community Centre
To lodge your own tax return, use the official Tax Office online preparation and lodgement software, myGov (opens an external site).