About free tax clinics:
Through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program (CVITP), community organizations host free tax clinics where volunteers file tax returns for eligible people. A free tax clinic is a place where eligible people can get their tax returns done for free. These clinics are hosted by community organizations across Canada through the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. The community organization keeps taxpayer information secure and confidential and makes sure that all volunteer registrations are approved before they start volunteering and that they provide a police records check, if needed, also the CRA operates a year-round dedicated helpline for volunteers.
There are currently two different types of free tax clinics.
Virtual Tax Clinic: We are able to file taxes online with the support of our team.
We will connect you with an individual providing CVITP services using a video conferencing application (Google Meet). Clients must complete a Virtual Tax Service application form through our website or by contacting us via telephone.
We also do autofill return (Automatically download the information from most tax slips directly from CRA).
When are virtual tax clinics held:
Every Friday from March 5 to April 30, 2021, between 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
We will send an email with the Google Meet link 30 minutes before the start of your appointment.
Drop-off and pick-up: Currently, we are offering this service to everyone. A volunteer will do your return, and you can pick it up at a later time.
The turnaround time for our drop-off service is approximately one week. You will be able to pick-up your tax return one week from your drop-off date. Clients must apply for a Drop off Service application form through our website or phone.
Available drop-off times:
Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from March 8 to April 29, 2021, between 9:00 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.
(Pick-up times will be on the same days at 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
Find out if you are eligible:
You may be eligible for help at a free tax clinic if you have a modest income and a simple tax situation.
In general, a modest income is when you are in the first tax bracket.
One person - $35,000
One person with one dependent $37,500 (add $2,500 for each additional dependent)
Couple - $45,000 (add $2,500 for each dependent)
Simple tax situation:
In general, your tax situation is simple if you have no income or if your income comes from any of these sources:
- employment (T4)
- pension (T4-OAS, T4-CPP, T4A, RRSP, RRIF)
- benefits such as disability benefits (T4A)
- insurance, employment insurance (T4E)
- social assistance (T5007)
- investment (T3 & T5)
T4A slips for 2020 tax year
You will get a T4A slip from the CRA, if you received any of the COVID-19 emergency or recovery benefits from the CRA before December 31, 2020:
The CRA will provide T4A slips starting in January 2021. You should receive your T4A slip before March 10, 2021.
Issues with your T4A slip
Each COVID-19 benefit will have its own box number (Box 197 to 204) on your T4A slip. If you received more than one benefit with the CRA in 2020, check that each amount you received or repaid is correct.
How to report T4A amounts on your tax return
You will need to enter all COVID-19 benefit amounts you received (Box 197 to 204) from your T4A slip and provide the total amount on line 13000 - Other income of your 2020 income tax and benefit return.
If you received a CRB, CRCB or CRSB, the CRA withheld a 10% tax at source on each payment. You can find the income tax deducted at source in Box 022 of your T4A slip.