Volunteers can help with tax returns

In the Salmon Arm area, volunteers are available at the Seniors Resource Centre at 250-832-7000.

Tax filing season is here and the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) would like to remind individuals with modest incomes that volunteers are available in the community to help with the preparation of tax returns.

In the Salmon Arm area, volunteers are available at the Seniors Resource Centre at 250-832-7000.

To determine if you are eligible for this service call the CRA toll free at 1-800-959-8281, or visit www.cra.gc.ca/volunteer.

Through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), the CRA has linked with community organizations for 45 years, training volunteers to complete basic tax returns. The community organizations hold free tax preparation clinics where the volunteers complete tax returns for qualifying individuals. Even if there is no income to report for 2015, filing an income tax and benefit return is important to receive certain tax credits and benefits.

“We encourage individuals who need help with their tax returns to use the volunteer program,” says Zubie Vuurens, CRA’s regional CVITP coordinator. “The service is free and filing a tax return ensures they receive the benefits and credits they’re entitled to without interruption.”

Last year in British Columbia and the Yukon, 2,621 volunteers helped 109,713 individuals prepare and file their income tax returns. Through the dedication of these volunteers, thousands of Canadians understood and met their tax obligations and continued to receive their tax credits and benefits on time.