The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has translated a range of handy guides and posters for tax time this year, to help you in your own language. Some of the products include:
• car expenses guide
• travel expenses guide
• clothing and laundry expenses guide
• working from home guide
• gifts and donations guide
• self-education expenses guide
• various job-specific work-related expenses posters, for occupations such as construction, hospitality, retail, health and more.
The ATO offers resources in a range of languages including Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Spanish, Vietnamese and Arabic. To access this information you can head to the following links, then select ‘individuals’:
Help coming to you this tax time
The ATO is helping taxpayers to get their tax returns right through pop-up shops and the Tax Help program.
The ATO’s Tax Help program will feature around 800 ATO-trained and accredited volunteers at more than 600 locations across Australia, including local libraries, community centres and organisations in metropolitan, rural and regional areas. Tax Help is available from July to October in all capital cities and many regional areas across Australia. Find more details on the Tax Help program at ato.gov.au/taxhelp, or if you’re ready to make an appointment, phone us on 13 28 61.
The ATO will also be providing face-to-face guidance at pop-up shops around Australia at community hubs, libraries, shopping centres, shows and universities around the country starting on 28 June and ending on 17 October. Find your nearest pop-up shop at ato.gov.au/popup.
Be alert for scammers impersonating the ATO
In 2018 more than $2.8 million was reported as being lost to scammers impersonating the ATO. The ATO has translated scam warning flyers into 8 languages which we recommend printing to have on display and hand out to community members. More translated content will be available in the coming days – please contact us if you are interested.
If you are ever unsure whether an ATO interaction is genuine, don’t reply. Call the ATO Scam Hotline on 1800 008 540 or visit ato.gov.au/scams.