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Free Tax Preparation Service - Community
Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP)
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) sponsors the Community Volunteer Income Tax
Program, which provides free help to complete income tax returns. This
free service is available to people with a modest income and a simple tax
situation, who are not able to prepare their own tax returns. Returns
will not be prepared for deceased persons, bankrupt individuals, or for people
with capital gains/losses, business income or rental income.
For 2016 tax returns, modest income is considered to be $30,000
for an individual, $40,000 for a couple (add $2,500 for each dependant), and
$35,000 for an individual with a dependant (add $2,500 for each additional dependant).
Your tax situation is simple if you have no income, or if
your sources of income are from the following:
- employment (as long as you have no
- benefits such as CPP, disability, CCB, EI, social
- support payments
- scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants
- interest under $1,000
Your tax situation is not simple if you:
- are self-employed
- have employment expenses
- have business or rental income and expenses
- have capital gains or losses
- file for bankruptcy
- are completing a tax return for a deceased person
There are volunteer tax clinics in many communities. Most of them
operate in March and April. For more information on this service, and a
phone # to call for more information, see Need
a hand with your taxes on the CRA web site.