If you need help completing your Canadian income tax return and you can't afford an accountant or commercial income tax preparation service, take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Preparation Clinics offered by the Canada Revenue Agency. These free clinics are offered every year between February and April at locations across Canada.
Trained volunteers can help you with your taxes if you have a straightforward income tax return and your income is low.
The program has basic eligibility requirements, including maximum income levels. Community organizations can adapt their own eligibility criteria depending on their economic location and capabilities, so check with the individual clinic.
They can not help with income tax returns for:
- deceased individuals
- capital gains or losses
- employment expenses
- business or rental income and expenses