NDG TAX CLINICS
The NDG Community Council has been helping eligible individuals to fill their tax declaration for free for more than 30 years. Our service is offered from March to December. In 2023, to be able to serve residents safely, we will work on appointments or with an envelope system. Starting February 14th, you can contact us at 514 484 1471 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment in the following month or to obtain more information.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, our service is slower than usual. When you call for an appointment, our receptionist will inform you of the delay. If you leave a message, please allow up to a week for a callback. Note that the eligibility criterias (see below) remain the same.
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DROP YOUR DOCUMENTS
DO IT YOURSELF WORKSHOPS
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The NDG Community Council is looking for volunteers for the 2022 free tax clinics all over NDG. We need up to 40 volunteers to help low-income residents of NDG prepare their tax returns free of charge at our office in March and April 2022.
Once again, we will keep offering the service all year and you might also have the opportunity to keep volunteering for the rest of the year. The Council offers full training to volunteers but, if you already have experience, it is great! You must be fluent either in French or in English, be comfortable working on a computer and available to participate in at least 2 tax clinics on weekdays (flexible schedule to be sent later).
You think you could be a good volunteer for the tax clinics? You want to have more information? Please fill out the registration form (link the form) and we will contact you back with details on how to register!
For more information, contact us at email@example.com
TO BE READY FOR A FREE TAX CLINIC YOU NEED
YOU QUALIFY IF:
2) You are not self-employed and
3) You had a modest income:
- Single person: income less than $35,000
- Couple: combined income less than $45,000
- Income from investments less than $1,000
- **Add 2500$ for each dependant
To have your tax returns completed, you will need the following documents depending on your personnel situation. Through the year, keep all documents together; you will avoid stress when tax season comes. You will also be able to claim all credits and possibly get a bigger reimbursement!
INCOME TAX RETURN DOCUMENTS:
- Employee: T4, RL-1
- Employment Insurance receiver, T4E(Q), RQAP T4E, RL6
- Workers Compensation benefits, or social assistance(welfare):T5007, RL- 5
- Student: T2202A, RL- 8 (from school, college, university) , RL1 T4A (Loans and bursaries), Bank statement (interests paid on student loan)
- Parents with Children: Parental benefits T4E (Q), RL-6, RL24 or receipt from daycare or school, RL-24 from school or/and camp, RL30 (subsidized daycare), RL19 (advanced payments), Receipt for any sports activities or art amount fees
- Retired Person: T4A (OAS), T4A(P), Rl-2, Optional (T4RIF ) or/and T4RS
- Medical expenses, homecare and caregiver expenses (pharmacy, dentist, optometrist, etc)
- Seniors (70 +): Monthly rent for apartment, Home cleaning, Snow removal, Meals on Wheels, etc.
- Tenants: RL31 (ask your landlord for it in February every year) If you live in a subsidized apartment, you will NOT be receiving a RL31.
- Notice of Assessment from previous year (Québec and Canada)
NDG TAX COALITION
- 689 tax declarations filed both to Canada and Quebec Continuity in income for residents depending on pension revenues or Child allowances
- 56 volunteers received the 15 hours training while 39 of them actively volunteered in the clinics
- 29 tax clinics organised, 20 of them offering walk-in service
- 63 forms filled for the Housing shelter allowance
In spring 2020, in collaboration with the NDG Tax Coalition, the Council had prepared to provide free tax clinics across the neighbourhood as we usually do. While the training of nearly 70 volunteers was going well, the COVID 19 pandemic striked. All training was stopped, our plan had to be put in pause.
Because we are aware of the importance of this free service for our population, we worked with our partners and got creative! The government gave extensions to all residents to produce tax declarations, which relieved some of the pressure on our Tax service.
By the 2nd week of April, we were back running with an envelope and a virtual system.
A total of 437 tax returns were completed and submitted through the months of April to December 2020. Three (3) ‘Do it yourself’ virtual workshops were also organised for residents to learn how to complete their own tax returns online, a total of nearly 90 residents assisted in those sessions.
The Council completed the training of the volunteers online through countless short Zoom sessions in both French and English, allowing all our volunteers to develop new capacities and serve the clinics. This program, therefore, serviced not only the residents but also the volunteers - many of whom were new immigrants seeking to gain work experience and self-confidence.
The Council was unfortunately not able to engage with all of the 70 extraordinary volunteers who did their training because of the COVID situation.
The Council partnered with the Depot, Walkley Centre, Westhaven Centre, St Raymond Center, Sherbrooke Forest, Habitation Tango and Benny Library to host tax clinics and serve residents close to home, making the tax season a little bit easier.
A total of 559 tax returns were completed and submitted through the 10+ clinics. One ‘Do it yourself’ workshop was also organised in partnership with Carrefour Jeunesse Emploi for residents to learn how to complete their own tax returns online.
The Council was supported throughout by 70 extraordinary volunteers who did amazing work. The Council trained the volunteers through short training sessions (16 offered), in both French and English, allowing all our volunteers to develop new capacities and serve the clinics. This program, therefore, serviced not only the residents but also the volunteers - many of whom were new immigrants seeking to gain work experience and self-confidence.
MEMBERS & PARTNERS
NDG Community Council, The Depot Community Food Center, CSL Library, Saint-Raymond Community Center, Walkley Community Center, Westhaven Community Center, CSL Library Bienvenue à NDG, Benny Library, Head & Hands, Tango, LCSG, Women on the Rise
Your organization wants to host a tax clinic?
The needs for tax preparation services in NDG always exceed the available spaces in the existing clinics. Every year, clinics are full and families must be send in organisations our of our neighborhood. If your organization wishes to propose a tax clinic, resources are available to you. The Community Volunteer Program was created to support those needs.
If you organise a tax clinic, you will work autonomously regarding the logistic of your days of consultations, the appointment management (or no-appointment service) and the greeting of your clients. Tax services works with the help of volunteers. You will be responsible to recruit your volunteers and offer an appropriate training. The Volunteer Program offers training material and many other useful information to organise a clinic.
Visit http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/volunteer/ for all necessary information. You can also communicate with the Tax coordinator at the NDG Community Council for more support.