Need a hand to prepare your tax return?

How does the CVITP help?

Community organizations host free tax clinics and arrange for volunteers to prepare returns for eligible taxpayers.

Are you eligible for help?

If you have a modest income and a simple tax situation, use the income levels shown in the following table to determine if you can get help.

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

For each additional dependant you have, add $2,500 to the family income. You should not have interest income of more than $1,000. Community organizations have the flexibility to adjust the eligibility criteria.

Taxpayers helped by the CVITP may include:

  • Aboriginal peoples
  • social assistance recipients
  • newcomers to Canada
  • seniors
  • students

How do you get help?

Find a Volunteer tax preparation clinic in your area. Tax clinics are generally offered between February and April each year in various locations across Canada, but some operate year round.

Types of returns not prepared by the CVITP

Volunteers do not prepare 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
  • deceased in the year
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