If you meet the financial requirements, you can have your tax returns prepared free of charge by the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, sponsored by the Canada Revenue Agency and by the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH).
Volunteers will complete simple tax returns, free of charge, for low-income clients. Income limits: individual $30,000, couple $40,000, individual with a dependant $35,000; plus $2,500 for each additional dependant. Couples are expected to provide complete tax information for both spouses. The program does not serve clients with employment expenses, self-employment income, rental property income, or capital gains. Interest income must be less than $1,000.
The program operates from March 1 to April 30. You can make an appointment to have the tax return prepared while you wait at tax clinics, or you can drop off the information for pickup later.
While you wait: Calvary Baptist Church, Gibsons, Fridays noon-5pm (appointments 604-886-2130); Gibsons Public Library, Fridays noon-5pm (604-886-2130); VCH Home Care Office, Sechelt, Mondays 10am-3pm (604-741-0726); Sechelt Seniors Activity Centre, Wednesdays 10am-3pm (604-229-2337); Sechelt Public Library, Mondays noon-5pm (604-885-3260); Madeira Park Community School, Tuesdays 9am-noon (604-741-5132); Pender Harbour Health Centre, Wednesdays 9am-noon(604-741-5132).
Drop Off & Pick Up: Gibsons Public Library, 470 South Fletcher Rd. during library hours; VCH Home Care Office, 5630 Inlet Ave, Mon.-Fri. 9am – 4pm; Community Resources Centre, 5520 Trail Ave, Sechelt, Mon.–Thur. 10am-2pm; Community School, 5012 Gonzales Rd., Madeira Park, Tues. 9am-noon; Health Centre, 5056 Francis Peninsula Rd., Pender Harbour, Wed. 9 am–noon.