Free tax program helping those in need

A free tax assistance program continues to help New Brunswickers in need.

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) has been in existence since 1971 and helps low-income people with simple tax situations complete their tax returns for free.

The program is a collaboration between the Canada Revenue Agency and volunteers from community organizations.

“The Canada Revenue Agency provides support, software and training, so organizations can then review different clinic models and determine what type of clinic is right for their organization, the clients they serve and their community,” said team leader Natasha Brewer.

“So volunteers of course play a key role in helping individuals file their taxes, and as a result, those individuals can access important credits and benefits that they may be eligible for,” Brewer continued.

Those eligible for the program include students, adults 65 years of age or older, newcomers, Aboriginal people or people with disabilities.

“I would point out that anyone who falls under this modest income and simple tax situation can use the program, many Canadians of course fall under the simple tax situation, and that could be those who have employment income, expenses tuition, a pension, welfare, old age security, or even disability insurance,” Brewer said.

Free clinics are available virtually via videoconference, phone, drop-in and, in some cases, in-person.

A list of clinics is available HERE.

Ryan H. Bowman