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P h ilip R u d d o c k M P Federal Member for Dundas Electorate Parliament House

Shadow Minister for Immigration Tel: (02) 858 1011 Tel: (06) 277 4343 and Ethnic Affairs Fax: (02) 804 6739 Fax: (06) 277 2062

27 June 1991

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The "Tax Help" Community Volunteer Program, sponsored by the Parramatta Tax Office will again be run in the Dundas electorate this year, Federal Member for Dundas, Philip Ruddock announced recently.

West Ryde Financial Counselling Service, located at Christian Community Aid, 2 Dickson Avenue, West Ryde is the appointed tax help volunteer service in the area. The contacts there are Narelle Brown (Tax Help Co-ordinator) and

Margaret Kilby (Financial Counsellor). The phone number is 858 1377. The tax help service will be provided for the months of July, August, September and October.

This service is provided for those at a disadvantage that require assistance in filling out their returns.

In the third year of its operation, this program is aimed at assisting local residents with their taxation enquiries. Volunteers are trained by the Tax Office to provide "self help" instruction on how to accurately complete the return form. However, it must be specified that the tax return will be prepared by the taxpayer, and not by the volunteer. This service is provided free and is aimed at those with fairly straightforward returns.

As with previous years, the tax office is sponsoring the project with equipment and technical support. Christian Community Aid advised that they were able to assist about 100 people last year with the filling in of their returns. Although certainly not underworked, they are always happy to assist where there is legitimate need. People are encouraged to call Christian Community Aid and seek advice.

"I welcome this program as a way in which local residents can seek help from trained volunteers to assist with their tax return details", Philip Ruddock said. For further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Philip Ruddock's electorate office on 858 1011. >