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.
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.
|Family size||Total family income|
|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:
benefits, such as Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security, disability insurance, employment insurance, and social assistance
Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs)
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)
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.