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Less taxing

Thursday, 12th August, 2010

* Secretary of BH Community Inc., David McGrath, with the ATO's web page. * Secretary of BH Community Inc., David McGrath, with the ATO's web page.

Low income earners can breath a sigh of relief with the return of tax office's free "Tax Help" program.

Tax Help has more than 1,300 trained community volunteers, and the Charles Rasp Library is helping by providing computers and space for the local ones.
Honorary secretary of Broken Hill Community Inc., David McGrath, said the service was open to anybody with a taxable income of $40,000 or less.
"We've all got to do our tax returns, and for the low income earners it's an easier way of getting it done without having to pay the high fees that they normally charge," Mr McGrath said.
He said the two local volunteers were certified assessors who had gone through the ATO's training program.
Librarian Denise Orr said the library was the perfect place to hold community service.
"Obviously they were looking for a venue in the community that was available on the weekends, and the library is open on the weekends, so I guess it was a good public place for it to happen," she said.
Tax Commissioner Michael D'Ascenzo said the program was available to people with straightforward tax matters, especially those preparing a tax return for the first time.
"The volunteers are available to help people prepare and lodge their tax return and understand what can be claimed as a tax deduction and how to claim it."
This year, Tax Help will be able to lodge tax returns electronically using e-tax, meaning their returns are processed faster.
The program has been running for 22 years, with over 64,000 people using it last year.
Tax Help is available until October and people interested in making an appointment may contact Broken Hill Community Inc on 8087 8903.

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