May 27, 2022
  • May 27, 2022

Need help with your income tax? Free tax clinics are available if you qualify

By on January 15, 2022 0

Voluntary tax programs help people with low incomes and simple tax situations who are looking for support during tax season

Free tax clinics will be offered this year by two organizations in the riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming.

In Nipissing, Low Income People of Nipissing (LIPI) and Temiskaming Shores Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) will both offer the service.

In both cases, tax clinic volunteers complete income tax and benefit returns for eligible taxpayers. To be eligible, you must have modest income and a simple tax situation.

The Canada Revenue Agency is investing more than $10 million over three years in a new pan-Canadian grant program to help organizations offset some of their costs.

“The work done by these community organizations is so important to many constituents in Nipissing-Timiskaming,” said MP Anthony Rota.

LIPI will receive $4,000 and the Temiskaming Shores CVITP will receive $2,000.

Clinics in North Bay will begin in March and volunteers will also try to provide financial stability to low-income people.

Prior to this funding, community organizations that operated tax clinics covered the costs, which grew as the clinics helped more and more Canadians complete their income tax and benefit returns. Expenses include items such as office stationery, printers, paper shredders, and many other incidental expenses.

In the 2019-2020 program year, over 18,970 volunteers and 3,810 community organizations filed over 467,500 individual tax returns across Canada and assisted over 407,410 individuals. Since May 2020, an additional 180,000 tax returns have been filed through virtual tax clinics.