ATO assistant commissioner Graham Whyte said 835 trained and accredited local volunteers will help those who need assistance completing their tax returns this year.
“We know that for many Australians, doing their own tax return can be a bit difficult. That’s why we have Tax Help,” said Mr Whyte.
He said Tax Help is a free and confidential service available to individuals with straightforward tax affairs who earned around $50,000 or less for the year.
“Tax Help volunteers can help you complete a simple tax return online with myTax, claim a refund of franking credits, or notify the ATO if you don’t need to lodge a tax return at all,” he said.
“Last year our volunteers assisted over 37,000 people. So far in 2016, they have helped over 8,700.”
Mr Whyte suggested that individuals try to prepare their own tax return through myTax before heading to a Tax Help centre.
“Tax Help is a great service, but you can always try myTax for yourself before making an appointment. In both cases, you will need a myGov account linked to the ATO. Our volunteers will help you create a myGov account if you don’t already have one,” he said.