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Free income tax preparation clinics for low-income individuals and families

Free income tax preparation clinics for low-income individuals and families

Low-income clients can have their income taxes prepared by volunteers free of charge, from March 1 to April 30.
The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program is sponsored by the Canada Revenue Agency, the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (VCH), and the Sunshine Coast Resource Centre.
Volunteers will complete simple tax returns for those meeting the income threshold: individuals, $35,000; family $45,000 for two, plus $2,500 for each additional dependent. 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, and interest income must be less than $1,000.
This year, three options are being offered: in-person tax clinics, drop-off/pick-ups, and virtual tax clinics.
The clinics are located at:
• Sechelt Public Library, 5797 Cowrie St, Tuesdays noon to 5pm – call 604-885-3260 for an appointment
• Gibsons Public Library (starts Feb. 26), 470 South Fletcher Rd, Fridays noon-5pm for in-person – call 604-886-2130 for an appointment; Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm for drop-
offs
• Madeira Park Community School, 5012 Gonzales Rd, Thursdays 9am-noon for in-person (first come, first serve); Monday to Friday for drop-offs in mail slot
• Pender Harbour Health Centre, 5056 Francis Peninsula Rd, Tuesdays 9am-noon for in-person – call 604-741-5132 for an appointment; Monday to Friday 9am-4pm drop-off at reception
• Gibsons Calvary Baptist Church, 711 Park Rd, Tuesdays to Friday 9am-1pm for drop-offs (ring doorbell at front)
• Sunshine Coast Resource Centre, 107A-5710 Teredo St in Sechelt, drop-offs by appointment at 604-885-
4088
There is a protocol in place for all visits. People are required to wear a mask, sanitize their hands, and keep a social distance.
Virtual tax clinics are being done by telephone interview, contact Louis Legal at 604-886-1995.
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