Putting your skills into practice

Amy Lawton and David Massey explain how a team of students and tax professional volunteers ran a tax clinic to provide community support

When we last wrote about the North West Tax Clinic (NWTC) in Tax Adviser (‘Opening our doors’, October 2020), we were about to welcome a team of tax professional volunteers to support our students and their low-income clients. This was following a successful pilot of the project, between January and March 2020, where a small team of students from Lancaster University and the University of Central Lancashire helped to save taxpayers over £15,000 in tax repayments and waived penalties. 

The NWTC ran again for the full 2020/21 academic year but we needed help. Clinic meetings are held with students from the universities, supervised by qualified tax professionals. They can assist clients with: