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Free one-on-one tax assistance for small businesses

 Thursday, 1 November 2012 

The City of Melbourne, the Melbourne Business Network and the Australian Taxation Office are working together to ensure small businesses within the Melbourne municipality have access to relevant, up-to-date tax information and advice.

Between Monday 26 and Friday 30 November at the Melbourne Town Hall, ATO tax officers will be available to answer questions and provide advice on various business tax related topics.

In addition to one-on-one advice, two seminars are being held on Tuesday 20 November for small business operators:
• Tax Basics, 10am - 12 noon in Yarra Room, Level 2, Melbourne Town Hall; and
• Record Keeping Workshop, 5pm - 7pm, Condell Room, Level 1, Melbourne Town Hall.

City of Melbourne Chief Executive Officer Kathy Alexander said working with the ATO to bring the free tax assistance to Melbourne was just one of the many ways the council is assisting small business.

“We support businesses through a range of business programs, grants, sponsorship, research and statistics, and provide tools to assist them to start and grow. Information on all of our programs is available at our business website,” Dr Alexander said.

“Small Business Grants are available twice a year for start-up, business expansion, export entry, business support services, social enterprise and micro businesses to eligible businesses within the City of Melbourne municipality. Event Partnership Program and Business Events Sponsorships are also available.

“I encourage all small businesses in the municipality to make the most of the free tax advice being provided by the ATO between 26 and 30 November if they feel unsure about certain business tax matters.”

Bookings are essential for the one-on-one sessions and can be made by calling the ATO on 132 869 and speaking to Chris Berg on extension 53393.