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Harper Government partners with communities to offer support during tax time

Posted on 26 February 2015 by admin

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., met with volunteers from the India Rainbow Community Services of Peel to promote the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). Minister Findlay also talked about key initiatives recently implemented, including an additional $1 million investment to strengthen the program this tax-filing season, and released the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) new Need a Hand video.

There are over 2,000 community organizations partnering with CRA to lead CVITP clinics assisting taxpayers. The CVITP offers Canadians with a modest income and a simple tax situation help filing their income tax and benefit returns. By filing their return, taxpayers ensure they don’t miss out on a broad range of benefits and credits for which they may be eligible.

The CRA has supported community organizations providing volunteer assistance to eligible individuals during tax time for over 40 years. The additional $1 million investment made into the program was used to:

  Develop CVITP products in languages other than French and English to improve communications efforts in remote communities and increase the reach of the program to community organizations, volunteers and taxpayers;

  Increase use of technology by allowing organizations and volunteers to register online; and

  Provide better training and support for first-time community organizations wishing to host a clinic.

Free volunteer tax preparation clinics are typically offered to eligible individuals across Canada from February to the end of April. Information on CVITP clinic dates and locations can be found at www.cra.gc.ca/volunteer.

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