Cannot afford to file a return? Need help to prepare your return?

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If you do not know how to prepare your income tax and benefit return, the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) may be able to help you.

Community organization volunteers prepare returns for eligible taxpayers who have low to modest income and a simple tax situation.

Are you eligible for help?

To find out if you are eligible for help, use the income levels shown in the table called “Maximum income levels”. For each additional dependent you have, add $2,500 to the family income. You should not have interest income of more than $1,000.

Taxpayer status Family income
Single person up to $30,000
Couple up to $40,000
One adult with one child up to $35,000

Community organizations have the flexibility to adjust or set eligibility criteria for tax filers based on the local economic environment, the population they serve, and their own capacity.

Eligible taxpayers normally served by the CVITP may include:

  • aboriginal peoples;
  • social assistance recipients;
  • newcomers to Canada;
  • seniors; and
  • students.

Volunteers do not prepare complex returns, such as returns for individuals who:

  • have self-employment income;
  • have business or rental income and expenses;
  • have capital gains or losses;
  • have employment expenses;
  • file for bankruptcy; or
  • deceased in the year.

Volunteer tax preparation clinics are generally offered between February and April each year in various locations across Canada, but some operate year round.

This article has been re posted from the Canada Revenue Agency’s website.