Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

April 08, 2010 13:17 ET

Minister of National Revenue Recognizes Volunteers with the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - April 8, 2010) - The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and Minister of the Atlantic Gateway, is pleased to recognize all the volunteers who help file income tax returns through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP).

"This program strengthens both the regional and national community," said Minister Ashfield. "There are a number of new tax cuts that have been initiated by our government this year that Canadians can benefit from, and the CVITP is just one of the ways to make sure everyone can benefit from the tax relief measures available to them."

Since 1971, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has partnered with community volunteer organizations to help eligible people complete their income tax and benefit returns for free. The CRA proudly supports the program by providing access to a local coordinator, training, promotional products, the donation of surplus computers, and free tax software to assist volunteers in the preparation of simple, straightforward returns.

Individuals qualify to partake in the CVITP if they meet the income eligibility requirements and have a simple tax situation, are unable to complete their income tax and benefit return by themselves, and are unable to pay for assistance. CVITP-organized clinics are available across the country and are free to those eligible for the service. The CRA also has an established partnership with Revenu Québec where volunteers from Quebec will prepare both federal and provincial returns.

"We take a lot of pride in helping people in our community file their tax returns accurately and on time," said Ray Murphy, owner of Murphy's Community Centre. "It's great to see that Canadians are really benefiting from the tax relief measures available to them." Murphy's Community Centre is a non-profit community organization committed to increasing and improving the educational, recreational, and social opportunities for Islanders.

In addition, those who want to volunteer their time to the program and to their community can find more information on the CRA's Web site. Becoming a volunteer is easy and rewarding!

For more information about the CVITP, go to www.cra.gc.ca/volunteer.

Fact Sheet

Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), offered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), works within communities across the country to help complete income tax returns for eligible individuals who have simple tax situations. Volunteer tax preparer clinics are organized by local community centres. Trained by the CRA, volunteers dedicate their time to helping individuals in their community with their income tax returns.

Who is eligible?

You qualify to take advantage of the CVITP if you meet the income eligibility requirements and have a simple tax situation, are unable to complete your income tax and benefit return by yourself, and are unable to pay for assistance.

When and where are the CVITP clinics run?

Volunteer tax preparation clinics are generally offered between February and April of each year in various locations across Canada; however, some tax clinics operate year-round. Click on the following link to get information about a community program near you. The CVITP tax clinic service is free.

How does the CRA impact the program?

The CRA supports the program by providing access to a local coordinator, training, promotional products, the donation of surplus computers, and free tax software to assist volunteers in the preparation of simple, straightforward returns. Community organizations are responsible for following the policies of the program, maintaining the confidentiality of taxpayer information, hosting the volunteers, and managing the resources necessary to hold tax preparation clinics.

How can I become a volunteer?

To become a volunteer, you need to be associated with a community organization. Canadians who have a basic understanding of income tax and want to give some time to their communities can register online from October 1, 2010, to January 31, 2011. All volunteers are given free tax training by the CRA to learn how to complete basic income tax and benefit returns. Volunteers participating in these sessions are also provided with a kit of handy references and working material. Becoming a volunteer is easy and rewarding! With the volunteer training session and reference material, you will be ready to help others in your community.

For more information about the CVITP, go to www.cra.gc.ca/volunteer

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Noel Carisse
    Media Relations
    613-952-9184
    or
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
    Erin Filliter
    Director of Communications
    613-995-2960