You may be eligible for free tax services
If you are looking for a tax accountant in the Toronto or North York area, yet have a simple tax situation and modest income, you may be eligible for free tax services.
In fact, there are many community organizations throughout Canada that have volunteers completing tax returns for eligible individuals. These tax clinics are made feasible through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP).
You might qualify for theses services if you have a modest income and a simple tax situation.
1. What is a modest income?
Modest income means that your family income is less than the amount shown in the chart below. Verify with the community organization in your vicinity to see if you are eligible as some organizations have different eligibility requirements.
|Family size||Total family income|
|One person with one dependant||$35,000 (add $2,500 for each additional dependant)|
|Couple||$40,000 (add $2,500 for each dependant)|
2. Do you have a simple tax situation?
In general, your tax situation is simple if you have no income or if your income comes from these sources:
- benefits such as CPP, disability, CCB, EI, social assistance
- support payments
- scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants
- interest (under $1,000)
Your tax situation is not simple if you:
- are self-employed or 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
In such circumstances, you may wish to seek advice and assistance from a tax accountant.
3. When are these free tax services offered?
Volunteer tax preparation clinics are generally offered each year between February and April but many are operating all year at various locations across Canada.
4. Where are the tax preparation clinics located?
Here is a list of free tax preparation clinics in:
5. What to bring to the tax preparation clinic?
In order for volunteers to complete your income tax and benefit return for you, make sure to bring your:
- Tax information slips
- Social Insurance Number
Volunteers need the above items to prepare your income tax and benefit return.
7. How do you get your slips?
You can visit Service Canada‘s secure site to get access to your current year and prior year old age security (OAS), employment insurance (EI) and Canada pension plan (CPP) tax slips electronically.
For more information, see Information slips – T4 and other slips.
8. What if I require assistance with my taxes and don’t qualify for assistance from one of the free tax clinics?
If you require assistance with your taxes and are not eligible for assistance from one of the free tax clinics, you may contact S & P Accounting Services. We are a full-service accounting firm handling taxation, bookkeeping, payroll and accounting. We happily serve clients in North York, Toronto, Vaughan, Mississauga, Richmond Hill and other cities situated in the GTA. If you require consultation or a have any accounting inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Polina Presman, CPA, CA
Shani Marzin, CPA, CA
S&P Accounting Services LLP
2727 Steeles Ave. W. Suite 300
North York, ON, M3J 3G9
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