Tax tips and services in Sydney CBD

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The best local options to maximise your cash back at tax time

July means tax time. No matter who you are – a low or high income earner, a student, retiree, or on Centrelink benefits – and where you are around Sydney CBD, we all have one thing in common. We want to maximise the amount of tax we get back in a cold, hard cash tax refund. Here’s how to benefit from your tax return in Sydney.

Your tax return

  • If you’re not sure if you need to lodge a tax return this year, use this handy online tool from the ATO to find out.

How do I complete my tax return?

You have 2 options:

  1. Do your tax return yourself
  2. Pay someone around the Sydney CBD, Newtown, Bondi Junction or Marrickville area to do it for you

Doing your tax return in Sydney 

  • Completing your own tax return is nowhere near as scary or as complicated as it sounds.
  • The ATOs myTax service takes you step by step through the process. It’s completely free and there’s lots of info and help provided along the way.
  • Once you’ve lodged your return, you’ll get your tax refund within about 2 weeks.
  • Watch this video to see how easy it can be.

Paying someone to do your tax return in Sydney

  • If the idea of doing your own tax return stresses you out, then consider using a local Inner Sydney tax agent to help.
  • As well as knowing you’re getting accurate advice that will help maximise your deductions and tax refund, any fees you pay them are tax deductible.

Here’s some registered tax agent options around Sydney CBD that you could consider:

  • H&R Block Tax Accountants in locations including Newtown, Ashfield, Burwood and Maroubra. Their options include having them prepare your tax return in their Inner Sydney offices for you, or guidance using their DIY or assisted online tax return service.
  • itp the Income Tax Professionals in Sydney City, Bondi Junction and Glebe. Book an appointment to visit an agent in their Inner Sydney offices, or use their handy assisted online tax return service.
  • Newtown Tax Services in Stanmore will give you a half hour consultation with a qualified accountant for a flat fee, to ensure they understand your situation and needs and can maximise your deductions and tax refund.
  • eTax – a fast and easy online service that offers live online and phone help from qualified accountants. Their expert tax agents check your return to maximise your refund and prevent any problems.
  • You could also check out some of the other registered tax agents near you in Sydney CBD.
  • When deciding on a tax agent to use, make sure they’re registered with the Tax Practitioners Board.

What if I can’t afford to pay someone to do my tax return in Sydney?

  • If you need but can’t afford help with your tax, check if you qualify for the ATO’s Tax Help
  • This free and confidential volunteer service provided by the ATO provides expertise and advice for those trying to complete their tax returns themselves.
  • It’s designed especially to help people on low incomes or people who would describe themselves as:
    • Seniors
    • Students
    • People from non-English speaking backgrounds
    • People with a disability
    • Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders
  • If you earned under $60,000 in 2016-17, check the criteria here to see if you might be eligible for Tax Help.
  • If you qualify, have your MyGov account setup and ready, and call the ATO on 13 28 61 to make an appointment with the Tax Help centre closest to you in Inner Sydney.