(February 28 MUSKOKA) Muskoka’s Community Services Department is coordinating a series of free tax clinics across Muskoka as part of the 2015 Community Volunteer Income Tax Program. These clinics offer free tax preparation services to persons with lower incomes, including individuals and families, seniors and persons with disabilities.
“Today, the only way for low income persons to continue receiving government benefits (social assistance, Trillium Benefits, GST, Child Tax Benefits, etc.) is to file a tax return,” explains Rick Williams, District of Muskoka Community Services Commissioner. “We are working with volunteers and community partners across Muskoka to host these free clinics so that individuals and families with low incomes don’t miss out on important income.”
Free income tax filing clinics start this week across Muskoka
Volunteers who have been registered with the Canada Revenue Agency will be available at each clinic to prepare returns for qualified persons who have simple tax returns, generally consisting of employment, pension or social assistance income and Ontario Trillium Benefit claims for rent or property tax. Volunteers are not able to complete income tax and benefit returns for deceased persons, bankrupt individuals, or individuals who have capital gains or losses, employment expenses, or business or rental income and expenses.
The free clinics are scheduled across the region starting this week (locations in all Muskoka municipalities) and and and run through March and April. See schedule below this article and contact each location if you wish to know more about these clinics. To learn about other ways to access the free tax preparation services, please contact Helena Johnson, Case Aide, District of Muskoka Community Services at 705-645-2412 Ext. 1482 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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