Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

February 23, 2015 11:00 ET

Harper Government Partners With Communities to Offer Support During Tax Time

Minister Findlay showcases the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program at the India Rainbow Community Services of Peel tax preparation clinic

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 23, 2015) - Canada Revenue Agency

The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., met today with volunteers from the India Rainbow Community Services of Peel to promote the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). Minister Findlay also talked about key initiatives recently implemented, including an additional $1 million investment to strengthen the program this tax-filing season, and released the Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) new Need a Hand video.

There are over 2,000 community organizations partnering with CRA to lead CVITP clinics assisting taxpayers. The CVITP offers Canadians with a modest income and a simple tax situation help filing their income tax and benefit returns. By filing their return, taxpayers ensure they don't miss out on a broad range of benefits and credits for which they may be eligible.

The CRA has supported community organizations providing volunteer assistance to eligible individuals during tax time for over 40 years. The additional $1 million investment made into the program was used to:

  • Develop CVITP products in languages other than French and English to improve communications efforts in remote communities and increase the reach of the program to community organizations, volunteers and taxpayers;

  • Increase use of technology by allowing organizations and volunteers to register online; and

  • Provide better training and support for first-time community organizations wishing to host a clinic.

Free volunteer tax preparation clinics are typically offered to eligible individuals across Canada from February to the end of April. Information on CVITP clinic dates and locations can be found at www.cra.gc.ca/volunteer.

Quick Facts

- The CVITP Need a Hand video is available in six languages: English, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Punjabi, and Cree.

- Over 16,000 CVITP volunteers help complete more than 500,000 individual income tax and benefit returns every year.

- The CVITP is available free of charge to any taxpayer who has a modest income and a simple tax situation.

- The CRA has implemented new security measures for the CVITP this filing season and next to strengthen the integrity of the program. These measures will support community organizations to further safeguard the personal information of taxpayers.

- Through online services, including the new MyCRA mobile app, individuals can securely access key parts of their tax information from their mobile device. MyCRA is one of many online services the CRA offers to help Canadians manage their taxes, alongside MyAccount, My Business Account, My Payment, and the Business Tax Reminders mobile app.

For more information about the CVITP or to find a participating community organization in your area, go to www.cra.gc.ca/volunteer. For information on MyCRA and other mobile apps, go to www.cra.gc.ca/mobileapps.

Quotes

"Whether new to Canada or new to filing taxes, our Government is supporting Canadians this tax season. To ensure newcomers, students, seniors, and those of modest means claim the credits and benefits available to them-including our new family tax credits and benefits-we are partnering with community organizations. Last year, over 2,000 organizations and their 16,000 volunteers assisted Canadians through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program.

- The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue

"Our Government is always looking for ways to lessen the tax burden on Canadians. With the introduction of the new MyCRA app, individuals will be able to get their up-to-date tax information from their mobile device. It's a secure and efficient way to access your personal tax information anytime, anywhere."

- The Honourable Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay, P.C., Q.C., M.P., Minister of National Revenue

"India Rainbow Community Services Peel, on its 30th anniversary celebration, is proud to welcome Minister Findlay and to hear the Government of Canada's commitment to enhance the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, and we hope to serve over 500 clients through 16 income tax clinics that we have scheduled at our sites in Mississauga and Brampton."

- Mr. Gurpreet Malhotra, Executive Director of India Rainbow.

Associated Links

www.cra.gc.ca/mobileapps

www.cra.gc.ca/volunteer

www.cra.gc.ca/getready

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Contact Information

  • Rebecca Rogers
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
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    Philippe Brideau
    Media Relations
    Canada Revenue Agency
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