Julie Owens Bulletin: Tax time for JobSeekers

Tax time for JobSeekers

JobSeeker payments and the Coronavirus Income Supplement are taxable income even though Centrelink doesn’t take tax out.  So if you're receiving these payments, you need to report them as income when you lodge your tax return.
The ATO will pre-fill details of these payments in your tax return for you. If your JobSeeker information has not been pre-filled when you start your tax return, you need to enter it manually. The annual tax-free threshold of $18,200 still applies.
If you’re concerned about how JobSeeker could affect your tax return – or if you have any other questions – speak to an accountant or tax adviser. If your annual income is $60,000 or less, you may be able to access free tax help.  
If you’re still receiving JobSeeker, you can also contact Centrelink to set up a tax deduction from future payments.

Burramutta NAIDOC
 This year's Burramutta NAIDOC celebration will be a free online concert from 12:00 to 2:00pm on Sunday 5 July.
 WARAMI Live (Warami means welcome in Darug) will be hosted by comedian Sean Choolburra and feature performances by electro-soul duo Bow and Arrow, country music singer-songwriter Maddi Lyn, hip-hop artist Barkaa, soul singer-songwriter Evie J Willie, and DJ Niain. You can watch it here.

Support for business owners
 The Federal Government website business.gov.au has the latest information on COVID-19 financial support for small business owners, sole traders and the self-employed.

Second round of Economic Support PaymentsConcession card holders and people receiving eligible Centrelink payments will receive the second $750 Economic Support payment from 13 July.
 If you’re eligible you will receive the payment automatically between 15 and 30 July.  If you haven’t received the payment by 1 August you can contact my office for assistance. You can find more info here.

Powerhouse Parramatta - two more weeks to have your say
The ‘exhibition period’ for the Powerhouse Parramatta proposal has been extended to 21 July 2020. This means you have two more weeks to have your say by making a submission here.
Under the current proposal, heritage buildings Willow Grove and St George’s Terrace will be demolished.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testingCOVID-19 testing is now available at drive-thru clinics in Merrylands and Carlingford.  These services are free for anyone who meets the current NSW Health testing criteria - just be sure to bring your ID to the clinic.
Stockland Merrylands, Level 3, Treves Street and Pitt Street
Open 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday
Testing available for patients aged 16 and up - no appointment necessary
Murray Farm Reserve, 71 Murray Farm Road
Open 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday
You can book an appointment to save time at the clinic
You can find a full list of COVID-19 clinics in Western Sydney here.
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Julie Owens MP
Federal Member for Parramatta


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