The Salmon Arm Seniors Resource Center has once again assembled a group of volunteers to help those in need negotiate the tax season.
Between March 1 and April 30, the Resource Center will prepare free basic income tax returns for anyone earning less than $ 35,000 per person or $ 45,000 per couple.
Administrative coordinator Susan Lieppi said returns should also be easy, as most of the information comes from “T” slips and doesn’t have to consider a multitude of companies or other sources of income.
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Lieppi said that while the tax program is run by the Seniors Resource Center, it is open to anyone meeting the requirements. Along with seniors, Lieppi said the program has helped new immigrants, the homeless and others who need help navigating the tax system.
The team of 12 volunteers on board for this year will certainly be busy. Lieppi said demand for the service is high and over the past few years they have had an average of 1,200 returns. She added that there had already been a lot of interest this year.
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All returns are checked either by a retired volunteer accountant or by Lieppi who is trained as an accountant. She said the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) had offered training to help people with the tax implications of CERB payments and was allowing them, for the first time, to help people learn simple basic tax write-offs for working from home to apply.
Appointments with a voluntary admission advisor can be made by calling 250-832-7000. The necessary documents can be submitted between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in March and April.
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