Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

May 02, 2008 15:56 ET

Minister of National Revenue Pays Tribute to the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 2, 2008) - Gordon O'Connor, Minister of National Revenue today recognized the efforts of the thousands of community volunteers whose support has made the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) a continued and growing success.

"Every year, more than 15,000 volunteers assist more than half a million Canadians complete their income tax returns so they receive their credits and benefits," said Minister O'Connor. "This program represents an outstanding example of co-operation between volunteers and the government in communities right across Canada. I want to thank the thousands of devoted volunteers who generously give their time."

For over 35 years, volunteers of the CVITP have provided tax-preparation assistance to Canadians through tax preparation clinics in communities across Canada.

Every year, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) works in partnership with community organizations and associations to train new and experienced volunteers. This year the CRA successfully piloted a training CD to expand the program to remote communities in Nunavut, northern British Colombia, and northern Ontario.

The CRA is committed to respecting the personal privacy and tax information of Canadians. Volunteers who participate in the CVITP commit, in writing, to offer their services free of charge and to protect the privacy and confidentiality of clients' tax information.

The Government of Canada has taken steps to ensure that the CRA is more accountable to Canadians when it comes to service. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights and the recent appointment of an independent and impartial Taxpayers' Ombudsman will enhance CRA's accountability and provide Canadians with the assurance that they will be treated fairly, equitably and with respect at all times.

Since 2006, the government has introduced a number of tax measures which benefit Canadians, including a reduction of the lowest personal income tax rate to 15%; a new $2,000 child tax credit; pension income splitting; an increase to the age credit amount by $1000 to $5,177 and reducing the GST from 7% to 5%.

For more information regarding the CVITP, visit www.cra.gc.ca/volunteer

Contact Information

  • Canada Revenue Agency
    Beatrice Fenelon
    Media Relations
    613-941-6269
    or
    Office of the Minister of National Revenue
    Ann Matejicka
    Director of Communications
    613-995-2960