Issue 6
Tuesday, 06 August 2019
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Chair of Accounting and Finance Professor Indra Abeysekera
Chair of Accounting and Finance Professor Indra Abeysekera

Strong client support for tax clinics

By Patrick Nelson

Plans are underway to extend Charles Darwin University’s tax clinic to Katherine this month and possibly back to Alice Springs where client response last month exceeded expectations.

Chair of Accounting and Finance Professor Indra Abeysekera said he was preparing to hold the Katherine clinic next weekend, pending the outcome of an application process.

“We are also considering a return to Alice Springs, where client interest kept us very busy during our two-day stay last month, and in Darwin CBD, Casuarina, Karama and Palmerston where we have been active since June.”

Professor Abeysekera said the free clinics allowed people who do not have their own professional advice to receive assistance from Accounting students under the supervision of academic staff and experienced tax practitioners.

“This gives our students an opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience in dealing with clients in a real-life setting, which is critical to ensuring that our students will be job-ready by the time they have completed their qualification.”

Professor Abeysekera said advice would be available on wide-ranging topics such as tax advisory work, report and filing obligations, debt and payment negotiations and dispute resolution.

“With the focus on unrepresented, lower-income clients and micro and small business owners, we will not be competing with professional tax accountants,” he said.

The clinics are funded with a $100,000 grant from the Australian Tax Office.

To make an appointment, click here: W: cdu.edu.au/free-tax-clinic