FCSS Hosts Free Tax Clinic in Swan Hills

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FCSS Hosts Free Tax Clinic in Swan Hills

Beginning in March, Swan Hills Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) will be offering a free tax clinic to assist eligible individuals to complete their 2020 income tax return. FCSS provides this service all year round and can assist with returns from up to two years ago but can not complete returns for deceased individuals. This service is offered as part of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), a cooperative partnership between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and community organizations that began in 1971.

To qualify for the CVITP, individuals have to have a modest income and a simple tax situation. According to the information on the CRA website, eligible individuals for this program include:

· Indigenous Peoples

· Newcomers and refugees

· Persons with disabilities

· Seniors

· Youth/Students

· Homeless and housing insecure individuals

· Individuals with a modest income

The information on the CRA website defines a simple tax situation as one where the individual has no income, or if they derive their income from:

· Employment

· Pension

· Benefits (Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, Disability Insurance, Employment Insurance, and Social Assistance)

· Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs)

· Support Payments

· Scholarships, Fellowships, Bursaries, or Grants

· Interest (under $1000)

More information about free tax clinics offered through the CVITP is available at www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/community-volunteer-income-tax-program.html.

Swan Hills FCSS’s tax clinic will be available by appointment. Two appointments will be necessary to complete an individual’s tax return. The first appointment will take about 15 minutes to go through the individual’s tax documents and collect any required information to complete the individual’s tax return. The second appointment, also about 15 minutes, will be for the individual to pick up and sign their completed tax return.

Last year, Swan Hills FCSS completed 38 income tax returns for their free tax clinic clients.

Please contact Swan Hills FCSS for more information or to make an appointment at (780) 333-4119. Visit the Swan Hills FCSS Facebook page for the latest news about their programs and services.

Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette