Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

March 01, 2010 09:20 ET

CAs Holding Free Tax Clinics for Tri-city Residents

Clinics being held in Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge

KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) -

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Volunteer Chartered Accountants are holding a series of 10 Free CA Tax Clinics for residents with low incomes in Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge during March. As part of their commitment to the community, the Chartered Accountants' clinics will help people by doing their taxes free of charge.

To qualify for this free tax return assistance, total household income must be less than $25,000 with dependents or less than $17,000 without dependents. Appointments are necessary.

Free CA Tax Clinics are a tradition for Chartered Accountants that date back to 1969. Today, they're held across Ontario from mid-February until the end of March. Last year, hundreds of volunteer Chartered Accountants and their associates helped low-income people receive much-needed tax credits and refunds by preparing over 11,500 income tax returns.

These Free CA Tax Clinics operate in co-operation with a variety of agencies – including food banks, charities, hospitals, senior centres and homes, community centres, social service agencies and libraries. The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario offers additional support to these agencies by providing them with an honourarium based on the number of tax returns prepared. This helps the agencies carry out their valuable work.

Reporters are invited to the clinics to learn more about the Free CA Tax Clinic program, the work of CAs in your community and the importance of filing tax returns, especially for people with low incomes. 

  WHAT:   Free CA Tax Clinics
  WHO:   Chartered Accountants help prepare tax returns for low-income people
  WHERE:   Kitchener-Waterloo Access Ability Centre, 105 University Ave. East, Waterloo
      WHEN: From 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays from March 1 to 30
      APPOINTMENTS: Chris Hodnett at (519) 885-6640 or chodnett@hotmail.com
  WHERE:    Torchlight Services, 30 Edinburgh Rd. North, Guelph
      WHEN: From 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday March 23 and Wednesday, March 24
      APPOINTMENTS: Patty Cote-Duncanson at (519) 822-7600 or torind@bellnet.ca
  WHERE:   The Office of Gary Goodyear, MP, 1425 Bishop St. N, Unit 3, Cambridge
      WHEN: From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from March 2 to 31
      APPOINTMENTS: Grace Camara at (519) 624-7440 or goodyg1@parl.gc.ca

About the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario:

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario's 33,000 Chartered Accountants and 5,000 CA students. Since 1879, the Institute has protected the public interest through the CA profession's internationally recognized standards of qualification and the enforcement of its rules of professional conduct. Ontario CAs contribute greatly to international and domestic investor confidence in the soundness of the Ontario and Canadian economies. The Institute's website is: www.icao.on.ca and the student website is www.guidetorulingtheworld.ca.

Contact Information

  • The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario
    Perry Jensen
    416-969-4271 or 1-800-387-0735 ext. 271
    pjensen@icao.on.ca