Tax help for people affected by bushfires

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Are you?
  • A bushfire affected taxpayer?
At a glance:
  • Taxpayers who have been affected by the January bushfires will receive tax assistance from the Tax Office.
You should: 
  • Check whether you need to contact the Tax Office to take advantage of the assistance available.
  • Contact us if you require any clarification or advice.
  1. The Tax Office has announced that they will provide support for taxpayers who have been affected by the January bushfires.
  2. The Tax Office has made automatic lodgement and payment date deferrals for the taxpayers in the suburbs of Stoneville and Parkville, with the Western Australian postcode of 6081.
  3. Those who reside in the 6081 postcode will automatically receive an extension date of April 28, 2014 for the following (excluding large Pay As You Go withholders):
    • Income tax returns due between January and March 2014; and
    • Activity statements due in January, February or March 2014.
  4. Additionally, the Tax Office will also be fast-tracking tax refunds for those directly affected.
  5. Taxpayers that reside outside the 6081 postcode can also receive lodgment extensions. These taxpayers will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Affected taxpayers should contact the Tax Office on 1800 806 218.
  6. Finally, the Tax Office has stated that any donations up to $10 to ‘bucket appeals’ and other disaster relief funds during this financial year will not require a receipt to claim a tax deduction. Any amounts donated above $10 however, will require documentation to substantiate the claim.
  7. For more information, click here.
Remember:
  • To contact the Tax Office for extensions to tax matters where they are required.
This article was published on 28/01/2014 and is current as at that date

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