BY BONNIE ARMSTRONG

A new independent tax clinic is set to open in the Hunter to provide disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the community free support and advice, following the latest expansion of the National Tax Clinic Program. 

Small businesses and Non-profit Charities will also have access to the services after being triaged and consulted. 

Professor Christian Boedker says the service will go a long way for those who need it most.

“This program is targeted for individuals who do not have the knowledge or may not have the finical means to seek help from a tax agent,” Prof Boedker said.

Assistant Treasurer the Hon. Michael Sukkar announced $300,000 has been awarded to the project, set to open in the Newcastle University’s Greater Bank Finance Lab from 2022-2024.

Students studying tax and finance related programs at Newcastle University will work with clients to provide tax advice and gain real life work experience within their study field. 

Professor Christian Boedker says it’s not only great for the community, but for education too.

“This is a great opportunity to introduce students to work intergraded learning programs that we are proud to offer across the University,” Prof Boedker said.

“Students in the business school will have the opportunity to spend about 100 hours in the tax clinic, while being supported by tax professionals.” 

Professor Boedker and Christian O’Connor will manage the clinic, while registered tax agent Kylie Brand will supervise students and check any tax returns, which must be signed off by a registered tax agent.