Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

February 17, 2010 09:42 ET

Ontario CAs to Prepare Thousands of Free Tax Returns

Chartered Accountants have helped low-income earners in their communities since 1969

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2010) - For the 42nd year in a row, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario is organizing its annual Free CA Tax Clinics, which will be offered at various times and locations across the province. Chartered Accountants (CAs) will step up for the needy in their communities by preparing tax returns for those in low-income brackets until March 31, 2010.

It was 1969 – the year of Woodstock and the first Apollo mission to the moon – when the Institute first launched the Free CA Tax Clinic program. Designed to serve low-income people who need help preparing tax returns, the Free CA Tax Clinics help these people receive much-needed tax credits and refunds. Since the program was initiated, thousands of Ontarians have benefited from the volunteer tax-time help of the CAs. Today, the program is an ongoing partnership between over 200 community service groups that host the clinics and more than 1,600 volunteer Chartered Accountants and CA students who complete the returns free of charge.

Free CA Tax Clinics are now held across Ontario from mid-February until the end of March. 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. For information on clinics in the Greater Toronto Area, call 416-962-1841 ext. 462 or visit the Institute website at:

"The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario has been co-ordinating this valuable program since 1969," said Donna Genova, Associate Director and Practice Advisor, Member Services at the Institute. "Our members find it gratifying to be able to give something back to the communities where they live and work."

People who meet the requirements, and have booked appointments at a clinic, are asked to bring a copy of their last filed return, notice of assessment, social insurance number and all tax information slips. Tax returns will be completed on site at the clinic.

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: and the student website is

Contact Information

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