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30 June 2019 Posted by 

STUDENTS OFFER FREE MONEY ADVICE

Tax Clinic first of its kind in Sydney
WESTERN Sydney University is lending a financial helping hand to vulnerable taxpayers and small businesses through the creation of a student-run free Tax Clinic.
Supported by the University’s School of Business, the initiative is the first of its kind in Sydney.
 
“As the anchor institution for the region, Western Sydney University plays an important role in providing this kind of vital assistance to our community. The level of services requests we have already received demonstrate the need for this facility, and we only expect demand to grow,” said Dr Connie Vitale, Tax Clinic Manager.
 
Up and running at the Parramatta City campus, more than 40 members of the public have already attended the clinic with Western Sydney University students providing assistance ranging from simple tax returns to start-up business advice, among other services. Student volunteers also assist with referrals from the tax ombudsman to support vulnerable taxpayers who need assistance liaising with the Australian Taxation Office.
 
The service enables Western Sydney University’s Business students exposure to real-world experience in a supportive environment, which is essential for best practise development before entering the work force.
 
“Just like when you apply for a job in finance, our students have to go through a thorough vetting process before they can become part of the Tax Clinic, and we expect them to operate in a professional manner, which is supported at all times by academics from Western Sydney University’s School of Business.
 
“The clinic experience will become a fundamental part of their career-readiness development and will equip them with invaluable insight into real-world scenarios,” said Dr Vitale.
 
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