Discovery Coast to get Tax Help

THE Tax Help service for low-income Gladstone region residents has been extended to the Discovery Coast.

Tax Help, a volunteer program to assist low-income residents to complete their tax returns, is again being hosted by Gladstone Regional Council's Community Advisory Service (CAS), beginning on July 21.

This year the service has been extended to the Discovery Coast, with volunteers operating at the Discovery Coast Community Health Service at Agnes Water.

More than 200 tax returns for the 2008/09 financial year were completed free by CAS volunteers and they are again expected to be busy completing 2009/10 returns.

To be eligible for the service, residents must have an income below $40,000, increasing by $2500 per dependent child.

Many eligible residents remained unaware that help was available, according to Tax Help volunteer Gale Patrick.

“Many parents of school-aged children or independent students undertaking secondary studies, may not realise they are eligible to claim,” Ms Patrick said.

All volunteers are fully trained and accredited by the Australian Tax Office and can assist with simple tax returns and non-lodgement forms.

The service starts at the Community Advisory Service office and the Discovery Coast Community Health Centre on July 21 and continues until October 31.

Appointments are essential and can be made by phoning the Community Advisory Service on 4976 6300 or the Discovery Coast Community Health Service on 4902 1125.



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