The Melbourne Law School Tax Clinic is a supportive, inclusive, student-run clinic where you will receive free tax assistance from Melbourne Law School students. Our students are supervised by a dedicated clinic supervisor and experienced tax practitioners.
How we can assist
During its active season, the MLS Tax Clinic provides assistance to clients in need. Below are some of the areas we can assist with.
Correspondence from the Australian Taxation Office
If you have received correspondence from the Australian Taxation Office and you do not understand the correspondence or are unsure as to what you need to do in response, we can assist.
Disagreeing with your tax assessment
If you disagree with your tax assessment, we can help you understand your rights and options for what to do next.
Outstanding tax debts
If you have difficulty paying your outstanding tax debts, we can assist you to negotiate a payment plan with the Australian Taxation Office.
Penalties and interest
If you have been charged penalties or interest by the Australian Taxation Office, we can assist you to apply for a reduction or waiver of those charges.
Income and expenses
We can assist you to work out whether or not an amount is income (and subject to tax) and whether or not an expense could be tax-deductible (and therefore reduce your tax payable)
Current and/or prior year tax returns
If you think you need assistance to lodge your current year tax return or you have outstanding tax returns from prior years.
Residency for tax purposes
We can assist you in determining whether you are a resident for Australian tax purposes.
Representation in dealing with ATO
We can represent you in dealing with the Australian Taxation Office.
Registration for Goods and Services Tax (GST)
We can assist you in determining whether you need to register for Goods and Services Tax (GST).
- You are an individual, sole trader, independent contractor, gig economy worker or small business entity; and
- You do not have any tax or legal professional representation; and
- You need assistance with lodging an outstanding tax return, corresponding with the ATO, an unpaid tax debt, or some other tax or ATO-related issue.
Applications for the MLS Tax Clinic have now closed for the remainder of 2023 and will reopen in early March 2024.
If your tax matter is urgent, we advise you to seek assistance through the National Tax Clinic. A list of participating clinics is available on the National Tax Clinic program. Alternatively, if you have the means to do so, you may need to engage a professional advisor.
Community information seminars
Please note that the information provided in these seminars is for general educational purposes only and should not be construed as legal or tax advice on any subject matter.
Tax implications and obligations for the gig economy
JobSeeker and JobKeeper eligibility
International Tax: the taxation of individuals in Australia
Taxpayer Rights and Obligations and ATO Support
The Gig Economy: tax consequences and employment rights
Investment Income and Related Expenses
- Australian Taxation Office
- Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman
- Business Victoria
- Inspector-General of Taxation
- Money Smart by ASIC – Free Financial Guidance
- myGov – How to Create a myGov account and link to the ATO
- National Debt Helpline – Free Financial Counselling
- Victorian Small Business Commission
The Melbourne Law School Tax Clinic is available for contact during regular business hours, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays and University holidays.
The Melbourne Law School Tax Clinic is grateful to the following organisations for their generous support.
The Melbourne Law School Tax Clinic gratefully acknowledges the funding received from the Australian Government under the National Tax Clinic Trial program. The Melbourne Law School Tax Clinic is totally free of government influence in making our day-to-day decisions in supporting taxpayers who require assistance. Our clients are our priority and we will be strong and forthright in our advice and representation services in assisting our clients.