Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

Institute Of Chartered Accountants Of Ontario

February 14, 2011 10:15 ET

CAs Holding Free Tax Clinics for Hamilton-Area Residents

Chartered Accountants Helping Low Income Earners in Their Communities

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2011) - Volunteer Hamilton-area Chartered Accountants are holding a series of Free CA Tax Clinics for residents with low incomes during the months of February, March and April. 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 $30,000 with dependents or less than $20,000 without dependents. Appointments can be made at the various clinics.

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 11,800 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: St. Matthews House, 414 Barton Street East, Hamilton
  WHEN: From 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 15 until April 7
  APPOINTMENTS: Beverley Greenham at (905) 523-5546
   
WHERE: Hughson Street Baptist Church, 383 Hughson Street North, Hamilton
  WHEN: From 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays from February 22 until March 22
  APPOINTMENTS: Wendy Collins at (905) 523-6611 ext. 3004 or collins@nhchc.ca
   
WHERE: North End Breezes, 438 Hughson Street North, Hamilton
  WHEN: From 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays from February 23 to March 23
  APPOINTMENTS: Wendy Collins at (905) 523-6611 ext. 3004 or collins@nhchc.ca
   
WHERE: Dundas Community Services, 2 King Street West, Suite 3A, Dundas
  WHEN: From 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Mondays from February 28 until April 11
  APPOINTMENTS: (905) 627-5461
   
WHERE: The Hamilton Dream Center, 627 Main Street East, Hamilton
  WHEN: From 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays from March 8 until March 29
  APPOINTMENTS: Lisa Bechard at (905) 527-8605 or director@thehamiltondreamcenter.org
   
WHERE: Flamborough Information and Community Services, 163 Dundas Street East, Waterdown
  WHEN: From 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 and Tuesday, April 5
  APPOINTMENTS: Shelley Scott at (905) 689-7880 or sscott@hpl.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 34,000 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. Chartered Accountants are the professionals Canada's business leaders trust to help make the financial, strategic and leadership decisions that matter. The Institute's website is: www.icao.on.ca and the student website is www.guidetorulingtheworld.ca.

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