There are over 2,000 community organizations partnering with the Canada Revenue Agency (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. CVITP clinics are offered across Canada from February to the end of April. Information on clinic dates and locations can be found at www.cra.gc.ca/volunteer.
The CRA has supported community organizations providing volunteer assistance to eligible individuals during tax time for over 40 years. Minister Findlay highlighted an additional $1 million investment to strengthen the program this tax-filing season, and released the CRA’s new Need a Hand video. The additional $1 million investment allowed:
- new CVITP products in languages other than French and English to improve communications in remote communities and expand the program to new community organizations, volunteers and taxpayers;
- organizations and volunteers to now register online; and
- improved training and support for first-time community organizations hosting a clinic.
As part of the Government of Canada’s ongoing commitment to increasing economic growth and prosperity, new tax credits and services have been introduced to provide support for Canadian families with children under 18.
- Increasing* the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) for children under the age of six. Parents will now receive up to $1,920 per child, per year.
- Expanding* the UCCB to children aged six through 17. Parents will receive up to $720 per child, per year.
- Introducing* the Family Tax Cut which will provide up to $2,000 in tax relief to eligible couples with children under 18.
- Doubling the maximum claim per child under the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit from $500 to $1,000.
- Increasing* the Child Care Expenses Deduction dollar limits by $1,000, effective for the 2015 tax year. (*Subject to Parliamentary approval.)
- The new 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 600,000 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.