Volunteers Needed for Income Tax Program and Clinics

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Volunteers Needed for Income Tax Program and Clinics

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVIP)

 

Would you like to volunteer to help newcomers with their income tax?

 

If so the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVIP) is look for volunteers.  Many taxpayers do not know how to prepare their income tax and benefit return themselves.  Regina Open Door Society needs volunteers like you to provide this important community service to newcomers.

 

Volunteers must respect the confidentiality of taxpayers information and decline any offers of monetary rewards for their service. 

 

Those wanting to volunteer need to fill out the Volunteer Agreement and email it to CVITP.PRA.Saskatoon@cra-arc.gc.ca by January 20th, 2014.  CVITP will email you with further information and training requirements. 

 

 

About the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

 

Introduction

 

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is a collaboration between the Canada

Revenue Agency (CRA) and Regina Open Door Society.  RODS will host tax preparation clinics and arrange for volunteers to prepare income tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals who are unable to prepare their returns.

 

The CRA offers training and tax software for the volunteers, as well as a network of CVITP coordinators to guide community organizations as they deliver the program.

 

Taxpayers served by the CVITP

 

CVITP volunteers prepare income tax and benefit returns for individuals with low to modest income and a simple tax situation. These can include:

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

 

Volunteers should notprepare 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.

 

Eligibility criteria

 

To determine a taxpayer’s eligibility for the CVITP, use the income levels shown below as a guideline.  For each additional dependant add $2,500 to the family income. The taxpayer should not have interest income of more than $1,000.

 

Maximum income levels

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 these income levels based on the local economic environment, the population they serve, and their own capacity.

 

Tax Preparation Clinics will be held between Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 to Friday, April 25th, 2014:

  • Tuesday:  12:00 - 4:00 pm 
  • Thursday: 2:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Friday: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Saturday: 10:00 am - 1:30 pm 

 

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