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Parliamentary Secretary highlights efforts to help vulnerable Canadians access the benefits they are entitled to

Posted on 11 April 2018 by admin

The Government of Canada is committed to making tax filing easier for the most vulnerable Canadians, and is working to ensure that these individuals have access to the benefits and credits to which they are entitled, including the Canada child benefit. That is why the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is introducing concrete measures to reduce barriers to tax filing.

Today, Kamal Khera, Member of Parliament for Brampton West and Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of National Revenue, met with a number of community organizations that provide assistance to vulnerable individuals in Brampton. During the discussions, participants presented concrete solutions for the CRA to consider to make the services it offers fairer, more helpful and more accessible to more Canadians. The Parliamentary Secretary highlighted initiatives such as enhancements to the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), the simplification of the CRA’s communications products and forms, and the launch of the File my Return automated telephone service. The Parliamentary Secretary also presented the findings of the first ethnographic study conducted by the CRA on the experiences of homeless and housing-insecure Canadians in filing taxes and accessing benefits.

Ms. Khera took the time to recognize the hard work and dedication of the volunteers that complete thousands of tax returns for eligible individuals through CVITP clinics. This program is a great example of collaboration between the CRA and community-based organizations from coast to coast to coast. Budget 2018 proposes funding to double the size of the CVITP as well as provide additional year-round clinics to help even more Canadians access the benefits they are entitled to.

 

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