The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

February 18, 2014 09:15 ET

CPAs Holding Free Tax Clinics in Hamilton

Local charities host clinics to help low-income residents

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 18, 2014) - Volunteer Hamilton-area Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) are holding a series of Free CPA Tax Clinics for residents with low incomes, starting during February and continuing until March 27. As part of their commitment to the community, CPAs are working with local charities to help people by doing their taxes free of charge.

To qualify for this free tax return assistance, individuals must have a total household income that is less than $30,000 with dependents or less than $20,000 without dependents. People who qualify must book an appointment before attending one of these clinics.

Free CPA Tax Clinics are a tradition for Chartered Professional Accountants that date back to 1969. Today, they're held across Ontario from mid-February until the end of March. Last year, more than 1,750 volunteer Chartered Professional Accountants helped low-income people receive much-needed tax credits and refunds by preparing more than 13,900 income tax returns.

These Free CPA 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 Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario offers additional support to these agencies by providing them with an honourarium based on the number of tax returns prepared.

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

WHAT: Free CPA Tax Clinics
WHO: Chartered Professional Accountants help prepare tax returns for low-income people
WHERE: St. Matthew's House, 414 Barton Street East, Hamilton
WHEN: From 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from February 18 until March 27
APPOINTMENTS: Diane Downey at (905) 523-5546 ext. 230
WHERE: Hughson Street Baptist Church, 383 Hughson Street North, Hamilton
WHEN: From 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays from March 4 until March 25
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 26 until March 26
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 24 until March 24
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 4 until March 25
APPOINTMENTS: Faith Simms at (905) 527-8605 or info@hamiltondreamcenter.ca
WHERE: St. Andrew's United Church, 479 Upper Paradise Road, Hamilton
WHEN: From 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 22
APPOINTMENTS: Alain Beaudin at (289) 237-7252

About the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (registered name of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario) is the qualifying and regulatory body of Ontario's almost 37,000 CPAs and 6,000 CPA Students. With a rich history dating back to 1879, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario serves the public interest by developing, monitoring and enforcing the highest standards of professional competence and ethical conduct. Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations of all types for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership. The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario's website is: www.cpaontario.ca. Information for students can be found under "High School & University".

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