Tax assistance for people affected by severe weather

Tax assistance for people affected by severe weather

Have you been affected by the recent severe weather throughout NSW? The ATO understands that dealing with your tax affairs is probably the last thing on your mind.

Your tax obligations can be put to one side until you have dealt with the immediate effects of the disaster – whether you are affected yourself or are helping those affected.

They can give you more time if you owe them money or are unable to lodge your return or activity statement on time.

To learn more about the available options and to make the appropriate arrangements, call the ATO disaster assistance phone line on 1800 806 218 or give us a call in the office.

We also with to thank again all the emergency services and people that assisted our region at this time.

Disaster Assistance Payments

Paterson MP Bob Baldwin said people whose homes were destroyed or suffered major damage, or people whose family members had died or been severely injured, during the disaster could be eligible for a one-off payment of $1000 per adult and $400 per child.

The Disaster Recovery Allowance is also available for those who have lost income as a result of the disaster.

Those eligible may be able to access income assistance for up to 13 weeks, equivalent to the maximum rate of the Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance.

The assistance is designed to help employees, primary producers and sole traders to get back on their feet.

“I thank the government for recognising the stresses that many of my constituents are going through in what is a very difficult time for many in my electorate of Paterson,” Mr Baldwin said.

Claims can be made online at or call the Australian government information hotline on 180 22 66 from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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