By Molly Magennis
Victoria University (VU) will open a tax clinic on its Footscray campus, giving its business students the chance to learn real industry skills while helping the wider community.
The VU Tax Clinic will open at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 22 at the Footscray Nicholson Campus, with services provided by TAFE and higher education students.
Students working at the free clinic will be supervised by tax professionals to provide a number of services, including completing tax file number declaration forms, applying for a TFN, and offering information on tax filing, debt, property rights. review and appeal.
Participating students come from VU’s business school, studying a range of courses from a Masters in Professional Accounting to a Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping.
VU Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said the scheme exemplifies how the university is “doing double differently”.
“We are constantly working on innovative ways to provide higher education and professional learning for our students,” he said.
“Students will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves [themselves] in their industry and benefit directly from work-integrated learning opportunities.
“VU is proud to serve communities in West Melbourne and offer free or affordable services.”
Fiona Lobo is currently studying a degree in payroll services and a degree in accounting at university.
She said her participation in the tax clinic will not only benefit students like her, but will also help community members who normally would not be able to access financial and tax services.
“The clinic will also help me develop the soft skills needed to work in finance and accounting,” she said.
“The VU Tax Clinic has the ability to help the wider community as well as people from lower socio-economic backgrounds complete their taxes without the high costs usually involved.”
Although walk-in visits are permitted, appointments are preferred. Those wishing to make an appointment should email email@example.com.