Many seniors, new immigrants, and low-income Canadians don’t know that they need to complete income tax returns to qualify for the various tax credits offered by the government. These Canadians need a helping hand, and you can fulfill this need.
Members can participate in the Canada Revenue Agency Community Volunteer Income Tax Program by volunteering to prepare tax returns and/or by helping a community organization host a free tax return preparation clinic. On the CRA Free Tax Clinics webpage, you’ll find details on how to register as a volunteer.
Last year, over 3,000 organizations across Canada hosted free tax clinics for people in need. Volunteers at these free tax clinics across Canada helped over 703,000 people file their return and get benefits and credits that they are entitled to receive.
Before volunteering at a free tax clinic, members who are not already licensed for public practice must apply for an exemption to licensing. The online process takes only a few minutes to complete: go to the CPABC Volunteer Tax Services page and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page. This licensing exemption application with CPABC is separate from registering to volunteer with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.
By volunteering at a free tax clinic, you’ll be helping people in your community, especially those who need it most!