Canada Revenue Agency

Canada Revenue Agency

October 24, 2013 09:36 ET

Tax Tip: Looking for Ways to Lend a Hand to Your Community?

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 24, 2013) -

Did you know?

For over 40 years, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has supported community organizations that provide volunteer assistance to eligible individuals who need help preparing their income tax and benefit returns.

If you have a basic understanding of income tax and are interested in helping out your community, lend a hand! Contact a participating organization near you to become a volunteer in the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP). The CRA will support you by offering training and tax software. The registration period to become a volunteer is from October to January.

Who does CVITP help?

Over 18,000 CVITP volunteers help complete more than 500,000 income tax returns every year, lending a hand to thousands of people in communities across the country who need their assistance! The program is available to any taxpayer with modest income and a simple tax situation. This may include:

  • social assistance recipients;

  • newcomers to Canada;

  • seniors; and

  • students.

Don't worry - you don't need to be a tax expert! Volunteers do not prepare tax returns for complex situations, such as:

  • returns for deceased persons;

  • individuals who file for bankruptcy;

  • self-employed individuals;

  • individuals who report capital gains or losses;

  • individuals who report employment expenses; or

  • individuals who report business or rental income and expenses.

Need more information?

For more information about the CVITP, to find out how to become a volunteer, or to find a participating community organization in your area, go to www.cra-arc.gc.ca/volunteer/, or call us at 1-800-959-8281.

Stay connected (www.cra.gc.ca/socialmedia)

To receive updates when new information is added to our Web site, you can:

- follow the CRA on Twitter - @CanRevAgency;

- subscribe to a CRA electronic mailing list; and

- add our RSS feeds to your feed reader.

You can also visit us on YouTube for tax-related videos.

Contact Information

  • Noel Carisse
    Media Relations
    Canada Revenue Agency
    613-952-9184