Feb 24, 2021

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is a collaborative partnership between the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), and community organizations, and their volunteers, that has been in place since 1971.

Through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program,  Lacombe FCSS will host free tax clinics where volunteers file tax returns for eligible people.


You may be eligible for help at a free tax clinic if you have a low to modest income and have a simple tax situation. 

Eligibility criteria:

low to Modest Income

Use the suggested income levels shown in the following table as a guideline to determine if an individual is eligible for the CVITP.  In general, a low to modest income means the total family income is less than the amount shown in the chart below, based on the size of the family.

Suggested income levels
 Family size Total family income
 1 person  $35,000
 2 persons  $45,000
 3 persons  $47,500
 4 persons  $50,000
 5 persons  $52,500
 More than 5 persons  $52,500, plus $2,500 for each additional person

Family size includes an individual, or a couple, and their dependants.

Simple tax situation

In general, a tax situation is simple if an individual has no income or if their income comes from these sources:

  • employment

  • pension

  • benefits, such as Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, disability insurance, employment insurance, and social assistance

  • Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs)

  • support payments

  • scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, or grants

  • interest (under $1,000)


The CVITP Volunteers do not complete complex tax situations and as such for:

  • self-employment income or employment expenses (see exception below)

  • business or rental income and expenses

  • interest income over $1,000

  • capital gains or losses

  • foreign property (T1135)

  • bankrupt individuals in the year of bankruptcy (or the year prior, if that return has not been filed)

  • deceased individuals

  • or required to be a GST/HST registrant


Community members are ENCOURAGED to call the FCSS office at 403-782-6637 to see if they qualify for this program. 

If you do qualify, Bring with you valid ID, and ALL paperwork that will be needed to file your tax return. 


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