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Low-income individuals offered help filing taxes

25.02.2019 11:20
By: Frank McWire

Volunteers prepare income tax returns for free


Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP) is set to Begin in the Prairie Mountain Health Region.

The CVITP is a free service to help low-income individuals with simple tax situations complete and file their income tax and benefit return.

Last year in the Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) region the total money in benefits and refunds to residents who used CVITP to complete their taxes was $7,453,817.00. 

The average return to an individual client was around $3441.00. 

In Brandon, 19 volunteers helped clients with their returns, and in the rural areas, there were 16 volunteers who gave of their time.

CVITP is a collaboration between community organizations and the Canada Revenue Agency.

Through this program, community organizations such as PMH bring together volunteers who prepare income tax returns for free.

This program helps ensure that seniors, newcomers, students and all low-income residents maintain access to all 

If you qualify for this program, you can drop off your information starting March 11 at a number of rural sites throughout the PMH region. 

Drop off at those sites are from March 11- April 30th. 

In Brandon, the walk in and drop off site is located at 7th Street Health Access Centre, 20-7th Street.  

If you have any questions regarding the Community Income Tax Volunteer Program or would be interested in volunteering and having the program come to your community contact Brett Turner at BTurner2@pmh-mb.ca or 204-578-4812 or 7th Street Health Access Centre at 204-578-4800.