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Help with income tax forms.

If you need a hand with your taxes, free income tax return preparation is available courtesy of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP).

Clinics are generally offered between February and April in advance of the tax filing deadline of Apr. 30. Volunteers help prepare income tax and benefit returns for eligible individuals whose income is low, and who have a simple tax situation. They do not complete income tax and benefit returns for deceased persons, bankrupt individuals, or individuals who have capital gains or losses, employment expenses, or business or rental income and expenses.

Brant MP Phil McColeman will host income tax preparation clinics on Tuesdays from Mar. 22 to Apr. 26 at his constituency office at 505 Park Rd., Brantford. The clinics are available to individuals with an annual income of $25,000 or less, and families with a combined income no greater than $35,000. To book an appointment call 754-4300.

For more information about this free service, or to get information on community organizations which host tax preparation clinics, call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281 or visit\volunteer.

The CVITP, which is marking its 40th year, was formed to ensure that all taxpayers had equal access to the tax system. Last year, more than 125,000 Ontario taxpayers received help completing their tax returns from over 5,000 volunteers working with over 1,300 community partners.

The CVITP operates as a partnership between community organizations and the Canada Revenue Agency which offers training to volunteers.
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Publication:Paris Chronicle (Paris, Canada)
Date:Mar 25, 2011
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