With tax season fast approaching, local Member of Parliament Eric Duncan (Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry) has announced the return of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) at his Cornwall constituency office for 2021. Due to restrictions associated with COVID-19, the tax clinic will operate solely in a drop-off format and by appointment only starting Wednesday, February 24. Appointments can be made by calling MP Duncan’s office directly at 1-888-805-2513.
“Our community has come to depend on the wonderful work that the volunteers of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program offer free of cost. Despite the challenges of 2020, we were still able to help thousands of residents complete their income tax return in a timely and safe manner,” said MP Duncan.
In order to qualify for the free service, an individual must earn less than $35,000 annually, or $45,000 if filing as a couple, and the returns must be simple in nature. Complicated returns are not eligible for the program, which includes:
- self-employed or have employment expenses
- have business or rental income and expenses
- have capital gains or losses
- filed for bankruptcy in the tax year; or
- completing a tax return for a deceased person
The volunteer-based clinic is being hosted at MP Duncan’s constituency office at 691 Brookdale Avenue, Unit C (in the International Business Plaza just south of the traffic circle). The volunteers will be available beginning on Wednesday, February 24, and will be open daily by appointment only. You can learn more about the CVITP on the Canada Revenue Agency website at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/community-volunteer-income-tax-program.html.